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Attorney seeks competency evaluation for Preston murder suspect; preliminary hearing on hold | Preston Citizen

Attorney seeks competency evaluation for Preston murder suspect; preliminary hearing on hold

May 3, 2014
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By Amy Macavinta

PRESTON — The preliminary hearing for a Preston man charged with murder has been put on hold while his defense attorney seeks a competency evaluation.

Attorney Don Marler reportedly filed a motion seeking the evaluation after reviewing the case and talking with his client, James Pilgrim.

Pilgrim, 41, is being held in the Caribou County Jail on suspicion of murder, aggravated assault and being a felon in possession of a firearm in connection with the shooting death of another Preston man — 44-year-old Chad K. Andrus.

Police were called to the Andrus residence in the early morning hours of Saturday, April 26, where they found Andrus dead from multiple gunshots.

Pilgrim was taken into custody immediately but was first transported to the Franklin County Medical Center with unspecified injuries. He was later booked into the jail and is being held there without bail.

Marler said he plans to obtain the evaluation as soon as possible. After the court has received a copy, a new date for the preliminary hearing will be held.

In the meantime, Judge Eric Hunn has unsealed records in the case.


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