The man accused of killing two Palm Springs police officers in a planned attack last week pleaded not guilty Thursday afternoon after his attorney asked for a psychological evaluation to determine his mental competence.
John Hernandez Felix was shackled and showed little emotion as he sat in an Indio courtroom just 10 feet from more than a dozen Palm Springs officers.
The 26-year-old is charged with two counts of murder, with the special circumstances of multiple murders, murder of a police officer in the line of duty and lying in wait. Felix was ordered to be held without bail.
His attorney, Michael Rowlands, requested a psychological examination to determine whether Felix is mentally competent. A judge will decide whether to grant the defense request and ultimately whether Felix is competent to stand trial.
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