WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - A judge has ordered a mental evaluation for the mentally challenged man shot by a Palm Beach County deputy earlier this year.
Aldo Alvarez was in court Monday morning where a judge authorized a competency hearing, which means a team of doctors will determine whether Alvarez is competent to stand trial in state court.
He's accused of attacking a deputy inside his Royal Palm Beach garage on May 8. The deputy shot Alvarez multiple times.
Alvarez's attorney says the competency hearing is in everyone's best interest.
"The state agreed with my motion and the case will be transferred at least temporarily to the mental health court where they will perform the competency evaluations, and after that we'll know which track this case is going to take," said attorney Wayne Richter.
"I just hope this goes faster because the last time we were here almost three months ago," said Anna Alvarez, Aldo Alvarez's mother.
Alvarez remains on house arrest. The deputy who shot him, Joshua McGehee, has returned to duty.