Mental State of Accused Stabber Questioned

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A defense attorney says the mental state of a man accused of stabbing four people on a sidewalk near the Las Vegas Strip will be investigated before his next court appearance.

Assistant Clark County Public Defender Daren Richards said Wednesday that a judge will be asked to have doctors determine if 53-year-old Lee Sanford was sane at the time of the alleged attack, and if he's competent to face charges.

Sanford is being held at the Clark County jail pending an Aug. 27 preliminary hearing.

Police say Sanford told detectives he thought white people kept bothering him. Sanford is black.

Investigators found no prior connection between Sanford and the wounded people - including a 56-year-old woman, a 25-year-old man, a 15-year-old boy and a 20-year-old newlywed from Salt Lake City.

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