Judge orders mental exam for trooper shooting suspect

DINWIDDIE COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) — The man accused of fatally shooting Master Trooper Junius Walker has been ordered to undergo a mental evaluation.

A judge ordered the tests earlier this month to determine if Russell Brown is competent to stand trial for allegedly killing Walker and attempting to kill another trooper along I-85 in March.

After his capture, Brown told state police that God told him to shoot and kill Walker, according to the court document. Brown also turned to the interviewing trooper and said that the trooper was the next to die.

Brown’s family told CBS 6 News that he had not been acting like himself in the weeks leading up to the shooting.

When the 28-year-old appeared in court last month, he admitted to killing Walker and even told a judge he was fine with being executed.

Brown  is charged with capital murder of a police officer, attempted capital murder of a police officer and use of a firearm in committing a felony.

COMPLETE COVERAGE: Master Trooper J.A. Walker killed in line of duty

Depend on CBS 6 News and WTVR.com for complete coverage of this important local story. 

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