Mental exam for Everett inmate who stabbed lawyers

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EVERETT, Wash. (AP) -- A mental exam has been ordered for a murder defendant who stabbed two of his lawyers with pencils in court in Everett.

The Daily Herald reports Joshua Monson was strapped in a chair in the jail for Tuesday's video hearing.

The mental exam will determine if the 27-year-old is able to assist in his defense. Monson is facing drug and murder charges.

Officials say he stabbed his first lawyer in the neck with a pencil earlier this month and stabbed his second lawyer with a pencil a few days later. The lawyers were not seriously injured. He now has a third defense lawyer.

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Information from: The Daily Herald, http://www.heraldnet.com