LARGO (CBSMiami/AP) — A man accused of killing his 5-year-old daughter by throwing her off a bridge near the Sunshine Skyway will receive an additional mental health evaluation.
Pinellas-Pasco Chief Circuit Judge Thomas McGrady authorized the second evaluation Thursday.
Although John Jonchuck was arrested and accused of first-degree murder, he has not yet been formally charged.
Jonchuck’s mental state will likely be a key feature of the legal proceedings against him, following a horrifying crime that attracted media attention around the country.
Police say Phoebe died Jan. 8 when Jonchuck dropped her from a bridge. Her body was found hours later about a mile away.
A St. Petersburg police officer saw Jonchuck drop the girl into the water.
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