Mental competency evaluation ordered for Tucson teen accused of murder

Mental competency evaluation ordered for Tucson teen accused of murder
The Tucson Police Department said Rene Manuel Yanez, 15, fatally shot Julian Zepeda, 18, on May 24. (Source: Tucson Police Department)

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - A judge has ordered a mental competency evaluation for a Tucson teen accused of killing a recent high school graduate.

Rene Manuel Yanez, 14, was charged as an adult in the fatal shooting of Julian Zapeda on May 24.

Police said Zepeda was shot in a car outside an apartment complex near Drexel and Tucson Boulevard.

According to court documents, witnesses saw a man run from the scene and officers arrested Yanez nearby.

Investigators said Yanez, who pleaded not guilty, has a gun on him when he was arrested.

Yanez reportedly told a correctional officer he shot someone in the face and had a “beef” with Zepeda.

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