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Re-evaluation ordered in Jessup mental hospital slaying

ELLICOTT CITY — A Howard County judge will order another evaluation of whether a man accused of killing a fellow patient at a state mental hospital is competent to stand trial.

The judge heard Tuesday from a psychiatrist who determined that Andre Mayo is competent, but acknowledged that the evaluation focuses on his competency at a discrete moment in time.

Mayo is charged with first-degree murder in the death of fellow Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center patient, Rogelion Mondragon in October. Investigators said it was the second patient-on-patient slaying in a week at the hospital.

Judge Louis Becker played a recording of Mayo’s outburst during a hearing last month. After discussion with both sides, Becker decided to request an evaluation that takes into account Mayo’s history and the episodic nature of his illness.