|Updated: 10/28/2011 1:40 pm
||Published: 10/28/2011 1:37 pm
HARRISON, Ark. (AP) - A hearing set Friday for a man accused of shooting the mayor of Everton has been delayed because a mental evaluation isn't complete.
Justin Bates was due in Boone County Circuit Court, but the Harrison Daily Times said the hearing was delayed because a report on Bates' mental health isn't ready.
Authorities say Bates shot and wounded Everton Mayor Bill Gerdes in June. Bates had been convicted of second-degree murder in 2000 and was released from prison last year after Gerdes wrote a letter on his behalf.
Bates pleaded not guilty to attempted capital murder and weapons charges in the more recent case. He was sent back to prison during the summer.