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Mental health evaluation in slaying pushed back

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- A mental competency hearing for a Lawrence man accused of fatally shooting his wife has been pushed back until next week because his attorney had a scheduling conflict.

The Lawrence Journal-World (http://bit.ly/1fWEVxA) reports 67-year-old Larry Hopkins was supposed to have a hearing Wednesday, but that has been delayed until next Tuesday. Judge Michael Malone granted the defense's request for a mental health evaluation last week.

Hopkins is charged with first-degree murder in the Nov. 5 shooting death of his 61-year-old wife, Margaret Hopkins, in the couple's Lawrence Home.

Police say Hopkins shot his wife because of her ongoing health concerns. If he is found incompetent to stand trial, he will be taken to the state hospital in Larned for rehabilitation and be re-evaluated in 90 days.