HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - An Oahu judge on Monday ordered a mental exam for a driver accused of running over and killing a woman at the McDonald's Restaurant drive-thru in Nanakuli earlier this year.
The defense requested the evaluation for Albert Birmingham, who's charged with manslaughter. His attorney says the 36-year-old was the victim of an assault in Louisiana in 1994, and that the trauma may have affected his mental state during a confrontation at the drive-thru.
Over the prosecution's objections, Circuit Judge Richard Perkins granted the motion for the appointment of three mental health examiners.
Witnesses say Raelynn Adams, 20, died after being struck by the defendant's SUV. They say Adams' boyfriend had confronted Birmingham after he repeatedly yelled and honked his horn at them while both vehicles were in the drive-thru.
Court proceedings are on hold until doctors complete their reports on Birmingham's mental fitness, both now and at the time of the incident.
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