OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) -- A federal court judge has ordered a Mississippi death row inmate to undergo a mental evaluation.
Mack Arthur King, 53, was sentenced to die by a Lowndes County jury in the death of Lela Patterson, 84, in 1980.
Patterson was beaten, strangled and drowned at her home during a burglary.
Authorities say he body was found in the bathtub of her home.
King had his conviction and sentence overturned on two previous appeals.
He was tried and convicted for a third time in 2003 and sentenced to death.
After pursuing appeals in state court, King appealed to the U. S. District Court for North Mississippi.
He claims he suffers from mental issues and is barred from receiving the death penalty by the Constitution.
A federal court judge on Friday ordered King to be evaluated by a doctor with the state of Mississippi.
He has already been evaluated by a doctor as part of his defense.
The court has delayed an evidentiary hearing scheduled for January 10 until further notice of the court.