Judge agrees to mental evaluation for man suspected in woman's death

By: Steve Barrett


ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - The main suspect in the death of an Altamonte Springs woman appeared in an Orlando courtroom Friday where his attorney asked a federal magistrate to order a mental health evaluation.


The judge agreed one was needed for Scott Nelson, 53.


Read: Attorneys for man suspected in death of woman ask for psychiatric evaluation

Nelson was arrested one day after Jennifer Fulford's body was discovered in Orange County.


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Source: Winter Park Police Department


Nelson was being held in the Orange County Jail on a federal violation of probation charge in connection with a 2010 bank robbery, but on Friday, the first charges related to Fulford’s death emerged from Winter Park police, including grand theft and charges surrounding the use of Fulford’s ATM cards.


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But prosecution on any of the state charges will likely be on hold indefinitely as the mental evaluation takes place.


Read: Person of interest in Jennifer Fulford's death apprehended in Jacksonville


Nelson left court shackles in his Orange County Jail jumpsuit and is now headed to a secure federal hospital.


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