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Lawyers seek psych exam for accused restaurant shooter

32-year-old William D. Wood Jr.

Lawyers for an man accused of robbing a restaurant and fatally shooting his former co-workers say their client will undergo a psychological exam.

Posted: Nov. 19, 2018 10:30 AM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Lawyers for an upstate New York man accused of robbing a restaurant and fatally shooting his former co-workers say their client will undergo a psychological exam.

Syracuse.com reports lawyers for 32-year-old William Wood Jr. are seeking to avoid him spending life in prison if convicted of murder.

Wood is accused of stealing around $900 from a suburban Syracuse Chili's restaurant where he previously worked and killing employees Kristopher Hicks and Stephen Gudknecht.

Prosecutors say he promised thousands of dollars to his co-defendants in exchange for helping him with the September robbery.

One co-defendant is accused of being Wood's getaway driver, and two others have been charged with illegally selling the gun used in the killings.

All defendants remain in jail pending their next court hearings.

(Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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