Man due for evaluation in Vegas care home slayings

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Updated: 1/03/2013 3:44 pm

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas judge postponed arraignment to allow for a psychological evaluation for a 68-year-old man jailed in the weekend hammer slayings of two people at a group home.

David Hamilton Settle told Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Cynthia Cruz on Thursday that he understands he faces two murder charges in the Sunday slayings of 82-year-old group home resident Henry George Namett and 59-year-old caregiver Elenita Ablao.

Settle wasn't asked to enter a plea.

Deputy Public Defender Scott Coffee sought time for the mental health exam.

Cruz set a Jan. 17 date for Settle's return to court.

Settle told police Sunday that he killed Namett and Ablao with a hammer at the house on West Washington Avenue then went out to buy wine, cigars and a cup of coffee.


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