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Prosecutor asks for 3rd opinion on mental state of Santa Rosa slaying suspect

Prosecutors are seeking another opinion about whether a 21-year-old Rincon Valley man was insane when he stabbed his father to death in their home.

Two court-appointed doctors have already found that Houston

Herczog was suffering from a form of schizophrenia in 2011 when he killed Mark Herczog, 63. He has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

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But prosecutor Bob Waner on Friday asked Judge Dana Simonds to allow a third psychologist, Dr. James Missett, to evaluate Herczog.

His findings could be used at Herczog's trial, set to begin April 5. Sim-onds is expected to rule on the matter at a

March 25 hearing.

Herczog's lawyer, Karen Silver, is opposing the additional evaluation. She said all evidence so far points to a conclusion that Herczog was insane. She said Herczog believed his father was possessed by an evil spirit.

Also, family members have urged Herczog be committed to a mental hospital rather than prison.


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