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Judge orders physician to evaluate accused murderer's mental state

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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Accused murderer Dustin Musso appeared before a district judge Monday morning because he refuses to cooperate with a sanity investigation.

Judge Mike Erwin ordered a physician with the Department of Corrections to prepare a report on Musso's mental state. The parties will then return to court on Oct. 13 to discuss the findings.

Erwin asked Musso a question in court, but the defendant refused to answer. Sources close to the case said Musso has refused to talk with mental health experts to determine his sanity. Musso's attorney, Nevil Holligsworth, told the judge his client also refuses to cooperate with him.

Musso has pleaded not guilty in the death of his grandfather, Pete Musso. He is charged with first-degree murder. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

The 76-year-old elderly Musso was found dead inside his burning home in May 2009. His truck was missing and was later found at a Baton Rouge bus station.

Investigators tracked down Dustin Musso at a bus station in Montgomery, Alabama. He refused extradition, causing a two-month delay in his return to Baton Rouge to face charges.

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