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Murder suspect in Douglass Park stabbing case asks for mental evaluation

Demetrice Tatum
Boone County Jail
Demetrice Tatum


The attorney for a man accused of murder has asked the court for a mental evaluation.

Demetrice M. Tatum, 39, of Columbia, was charged in April with first-degree murder and armed criminal action after he allegedly stabbed Kejuan Allen to death at Douglass Park. He is being held at the Boone County Jail without bond.

Tatum’s lawyer on Sunday filed a motion that asks the judge to allow Tatum to have a psych evaluation, court records show. The motion claims Tatum is suffering from a mental disease and “lacks the capacity to understand the proceedings against him.”

According to previous reporting, a witness stated in court documents that Tatum used a stun gun on Allen before he cut Allen’s throat and stabbed him 20 times.

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