Mental exam ordered for suspect in 3 Ark. deaths

      MURFREESBORO, Ark. (AP) - A judge has granted a request for a mental evaluation for a man arrested in the shooting deaths of 3 people, including his 9-year-old niece.

      Circuit Court Judge Charles Yeargan granted the request Monday from defense attorneys for 43-year-old Timothy Allen Hill.

      Authorities arrested Hill in the July 13 deaths of his estranged wife, Dana Hill; his mother-in-law, Julie Hartsfield; and his niece, Autumn Hartsfield. All three were found shot to death at a home near Murfreesboro.

      The Texarkana Gazette reports ( ) that Hill will be transferred to the state hospital in Little Rock for a mental evaluation. He's now being held in the Pike County jail on $1 million bond.

      Information from: Texarkana Gazette,

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