|Published:||Nov 26, 2012 12:33 PM EST|
|Updated:||Nov 26, 2012 4:47 PM EST|
FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Robert Dunn capital murder trial resumed Monday, after a judge found him competent to stand trial.
The trial was postponed last week after Dunn asked to testify in his own defense, changed his mind, then asked to plead guilty to all charges.
After those surprise developments, Dunn's defense attorney David Brener asked for a mental evaluation of his client, saying he had noticed a change in Dunn's demeanor overnight.
The court appointed two doctors to assess Dunn over a week-long break. Both testified they found no reason he should not stand trial.
Having been found competent, Monday morning, the judge revisited Dunn's request to change his plea.
Dunn said he changed his mind since then, but asked if he could represent himself should there be a penalty phase of the trial.
"Actually when I look back at the trial and the case the state put on... Their case isn't really as strong as it could have been," Dunn told the judge.
Currently, the court is making preparations to hand the case over to the jury for deliberation. The jury will return at 1:30 p.m. to hear closing arguments from both sides.
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