• Attorneys for man suspected in death of Altamonte Springs woman ask for psychiatric evaluation

    By: Len Kiese


    ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Attorneys for the man whom police suspect in the death of an Altamonte Springs woman want him to undergo a court-ordered psychiatric examination.


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


    Nelson is being held in the Orange County Jail on a federal violation of probation charge in connection to a 2010 bank robbery.


    Read: Missing woman's body found; person of interest arrested


    No charges have been issued in Fulford’s death, but Winter Park police said he's the primary suspect in the homicide.       


    Source: Winter Park Police Department
    Source: Winter Park Police Department


    As police move forward with their investigation into how Nelson came into contact with Fulford and how exactly she died, a competency document filed Thursday in U.S. District Court shows there are questions about his mental health.


    It says, in part, "When interviewed, Mr. Nelson related facts about his current mental health that raise legitimate concerns as to Mr. Nelson's ability to understand the nature of the charges against him and his ability to assist in his own defense."


    Read: Man wanted in death of Altamonte Springs woman in federal custody 


    Police said surveillance pictures show Nelson taking money out of Fulford's account at an ATM at about the same time she disappeared a week ago.


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    © 2018 Cox Media Group.


    Her body was found in a wooded area of southwest Orange County a few days later.


    If Nelson is found to be incompetent, it would affect his ability to be tried or convicted.


    He’s scheduled to appear in federal court for a hearing Friday morning.


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