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Mental tests for teen detained in pastor's slaying

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - A teenager detained in the slaying of a Chattanooga pastor will get a mental health evaluation before a juvenile court judge decides whether to prosecute him as an adult.

The 16-year-old boy was detained in the death of the Rev. David Strong. Police found the St. Paul AME Church pastor's battered and slashed body at his home Oct. 10.

Another person, 25-year-old Antonio Henry, is charged with murder in the case.

A juvenile court judge issued the order for a mental health evaluation during a Thursday hearing. The boy is not being identified by The Associated Press because he is a juvenile. The judge set a Feb. 3 hearing.

The teen's attorney, Kevin Stanfield, declined comment, as did Assistant District Attorney Neal Pinkston.

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