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.
Nelson was arrested one day after Jennifer Fulford's body was discovered in Orange County.
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.
But prosecution on any of the state charges will likely be on hold indefinitely as the mental evaluation takes place.
Nelson left court shackles in his Orange County Jail jumpsuit and is now headed to a secure federal hospital.
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