Mental exam sought for teen charged in Texas school shooting

Mental exam sought for teen charged in Texas school shooting
FILE - In this May 18, 2018, file photo, law enforcement officers respond to Santa Fe High School after an active shooter was reported on campus in Santa Fe, Texas. Students at the school will begin a new school year with additional security measures in place following a shooting in May that left 10 people dead. For some students, Monday, Aug. 20, will be the first time they’ve been back in class since the shooting, which happened near the end of the school year. (Steve Gonzales/Houston Chronicle via AP, File) (Source: Steve Gonzales)

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Attorneys representing a teenager charged in a school shooting last year at a Texas high school are seeking a mental evaluation, saying their client cannot understand the legal proceedings against him.

Dimitrios Pagourtzis is charged with capital murder for the May 2018 attack at Santa Fe High School that left 10 people dead and wounded more than a dozen others. The 18-year-old is currently awaiting trial, which a judge has moved to another county because of intense publicity surrounding the case.

According to the Galveston County Daily News , Pagourtzis' attorneys argued in a court filing Monday that the teenager's mental state "has degraded to the point where there is no understanding of the matter and the proceedings."

The Galveston County District Attorney’s Office declined to comment Monday on the motion.