Mental Evaluation Set for Jailed KKK Leader

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) -- A federal judge wants a mental evaluation for a former Ku Klux Klan leader who pleaded guilty to burning a cross in a black neighborhood in Ozark.

The judge ordered a psychiatric evaluation for 28-year-old Steve Joshua Dinkle after the man's lawyer said he is having hallucinations in jail.

Reports say Dinkle's sentencing is current set for May 15, and the defense says the testing is needed before then.

Dinkle is the former exalted Cyclops of a Klan group in Ozark. He pleaded guilty in February to five charges related to a cross-burning in 2009.

The man's attorney told the judge Dinkle is on medications for hallucinations, but they aren't working.

The judge approved $2,4000 for an evaluation, which is due by April 6.

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