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Storm delays evaluation of Vt. murder suspect

Daniel Whalon Daniel Whalon
Ralph Bell Ralph Bell

September 15, 2011

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Lawyers say damage to the Vermont State Hospital in Waterbury is the most likely reason for the delay of a mental health evaluation ordered for a suspect in a Burlington killing.

The competency evaluation for Daniel Whalon had been scheduled for Aug. 29, the day the Vermont State Hospital in Waterbury was evacuated due to flooding from Tropical Storm Irene.

The 51 patients at the hospital were sent to other facilities across the state. Whalon was moved to the Northwest State Correctional Facility in St. Albans.

The Burlington Free Press says a psychiatrist is slated to evaluate him on Oct. 3.

The 25-year-old Whalon has pleaded not guilty in the July 18 stabbing death of 54-year-old Ralph Bell.

Police say Bell and Whalon had had an intimate relationship.

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