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Utah Prison Balks At Mental Tests For Inmate

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File photo of a metal door leading to a prison hallway.  (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Prison authorities say an inmate charged with killing a guard is so dangerous they can’t accommodate a mental evaluation for the man.

The state argues that Curtis Allgier would have to be shackled by the hands and feet, chained to a wall and separated from a psychologist by a set of bars.

Allgier’s lawyers say he needs contact with the psychologist for a battery of tests that could make a case against execution if Allgier is found guilty by a jury.

Third District Court Judge Paul Maughan (MAWN’) told lawyers Wednesday to work on a compromise before asking for a court ruling.

Allgier has pleaded not guilty to the 2007 killing of Steven Anderson with his own gun during a medical visit outside Utah State Prison.

He’s due back in court Aug. 29.

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