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New mental exam set for Wis. fetal-abduction case

Milwaukee (AP) — The lawyer for a Milwaukee woman accused of killing a pregnant woman in October and trying to steal her unborn baby wants a fresh mental exam for his client.

Robert D’Arruda had entered insanity pleas on behalf of 33-year-old Annette Morales-Rodriguez.

One doctor has already concluded that Rodriguez doesn’t have a mental defect. D’Arruda on Friday requested that she be given a second exam. His request was granted, so now a second doctor will examine her and submit a report by Jan. 27.

Online court records say the defense still plans to file two motions: one to have Rodriguez’s statements to investigators ruled inadmissible, and a second to request a change of venue.

D’Arruda didn’t immediately return a message Friday. Prosecutor Mark Williams declined to comment.

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