August 28, 2013

Lewiston arson suspect to undergo 3rd psych exam

The Associated Press

AUBURN — A Lewiston man charged with setting a fire at a city apartment building has been ordered sent to a state psychiatric hospital for a third time for a mental health evaluation.

The Sun Journal reports that Brian Morin is at Androscoggin County Jail awaiting a bed at the Augusta hospital.

Morin's attorney filed a motion last week seeking a follow-up mental exam for his client. He wrote that Morin "has severe mental health problems" and is "hallucinating and hearing voices."

The 30-year-old Morin and another man are charged in the May 6 fire, which was the third major fire in Lewiston in less than two weeks.

According to an affidavit, the men used lighter fluid to start it.

Morin has pleaded not guilty and is being held on $350,000 bail.

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