A judge suspended criminal proceedings against Tyler Lee Rodgers, pending a psychiatric evaluation, in a Torrance courtroom Tuesday.
Rodgers, who is allegedly responsible for a robbery and throat slashing inside the Cigar & Smoke Shop in Manhattan Beach on Aug. 16, was scheduled to be arraigned, however, Los Angeles County Public Defender Gregg Hayata told the judge there was "doubt as to his (Rodgers') competency."
Hayata told the judge that during Rodgers' last court appearance for a preliminary hearing it "appeared he was eating his own feces."
The judge then learned that Rodgers was not brought into the courtoom Tuesday because he had "put feces on his face back there today," the bailiff said.
Rodgers will be examined by two psychiatrists; one selected by the defense, the other by the prosecutor. His next court date is Jan. 14.
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