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Abilene murder suspect to undergo psychiatric evaluation

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ABILENE, Texas - An Abilene man accused of using a claw hammer to murder 26-year-old Alexis Baker last May will undergo a psychiatric evaluation to decide if he was mentally competent the night he allegedly committed the killing.

Cody Alvarez, 32, was indicted for the murder in October.

A Taylor County judge issued the order Tuesday morning during a pretrial hearing and appointed an examiner to conduct the evaluation.

Police said Baker was found dead in her home in the 900 block of Ballinger Street. An autopsy showed that the cause of death was blunt trauma to Baker's head with a claw hammer.

Alvarez remains in Taylor County Jail on bonds totaling more than $1 million. He also faces charges of aggravated assaualt with a deadly weapon, sexual assault, and two counts of evading arrest.

Alvarez's trial is set to begin in early June.

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