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Idaho pastor's accused shooter to undergo mental health exam

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Posted at 12:06 PM, Aug 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-12 14:06:36-04

A judge has ordered a mental health evaluation for an Idaho man accused of shooting a pastor.

Defendant Kyle Odom could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted on charges associated with the March shooting of Pastor Tim Remington in a Coeur d'Alene church parking lot. Remington survived and is back at work.

Odom has a history of mental illness and wrote a 30-page manifesto saying Remington was under the control of an intelligent species from Mars. Prosecutors say he flew to Washington, D.C., following the shooting and was arrested by Secret Service agents after being seen throwing flash drives and other items over the White House fence.

The Kootenai County Prosecutor's Office asked for the evaluation Wednesday to determine if Odom is competent to stand trial.