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No mental exam needed, sex abuse suspect argues

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: August 21, 2014
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A defense attorney is opposing prosecutors’ request for a mental evaluation for a man accused of sexually abusing children at an orphanage in Kenya.

Prosecutors are seeking the exam for Matthew Durham, who has been indicted on three felony counts that accuse him of traveling from Oklahoma City to Kenya to sexually abuse children at the Upendo Children’s Home.

In court papers filed Wednesday, defense attorney Stephen Jones argued that there was no basis for the mental exam because he’s given no notice of an insanity defense or an incompetency claim.

Jones says Durham is assisting in his own defense and is responding appropriately during court proceedings.

Prosecutors allege Durham admitted abusing the children, but Durham’s attorneys have challenged the credibility of their client’s statement, saying he was coerced.

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