Competency Hearing in Homicide Case

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) An attorney is seeking a competency hearing for a suspect in the death of a St. Joseph man.

Defense attorney Michelle Davidson on Thursday asked a Buchanan County judge for 30 days to arrange a mental examination for Robert Jarrell, 39.

Jarrell and another man, Martin Rilinger, are charged with second-degree murder in the death of Jason Davies, 38. His body was found near Leavenworth, Kan., on Sept. 19.

The St. Joseph News-Press reports prosecutors didn’t object to Davidson’s request and it was granted.

Investigators allege Jarrell and Rilinger beat Davies with a baseball bat and frying pan at his apartment in St. Joseph.

Both defendants are being held in the Buchanan County Jail on $250,000 bonds.