Attorney to probe mental illness in Vegas bus shooting case

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Posted: Mar 29, 2017 12:32 PM
Attorney to probe mental illness in Vegas bus shooting case

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A court-appointed attorney says he'll investigate whether mental illness is a possible defense for a man accused of shooting and killing one man and wounding another on a double-decker transit bus on the Las Vegas Strip last weekend.

Attorney Will Ewing said outside court Wednesday he'll probe 55-year-old Rolando Cardenas' competency before a preliminary evidence hearing on April 27.

Police have said Cardenas may have had "mental issues."

They say Cardenas said he's unemployed and homeless and fired a handgun Saturday because he felt threatened and wanted to scare a man who sat near him on the second level of the public bus.

Cardenas appeared in court but was not asked to enter a plea to murder, attempted murder, battery and firearm charges. He is being held without bail.