UPDATE: Judge orders mental health evaluation for N. Fargo triple homicide suspect
FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - UPDATE: The man accused of shooting a couple and their unborn child in November has been ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation before appearing for any further court appearances.
35-year-old Anthony Reese is charged with two counts of murder, as well as the murder of an unborn child in the Nov. 17 shooting at Composite America located at 401 27th St. N. The deadly altercation happened just minutes after co-workers say Reese was fired.
Both Richard Pittman, 43, and April Carbone, 32, were killed by Reese, court documents say. Friends and co-workers of the victims say they were a couple and say Carbone was 35-weeks pregnant with a baby girl when she died.
Documents say a witness told officers Pittman and Reese were in an altercation on the factory floor earlier in the day on Wednesday. Management told Reese to leave, but witnesses say he came back a short time later and re-engaged Pittman in another fight. The witness said she watched Reese pull out a handgun and shoot Pittman multiple times before he turned and fired several rounds at Carbone.
Police say shortly after the shooting, Reese turned himself in at the Fargo Police Department and quickly requested an attorney.
Police later recovered Reese’s 9mm semi-automatic pistol in a residential neighborhood several blocks from the scene.
Reese was already a convicted felon out of Minnesota, as well as a registered sex offender in North Dakota at the time of the shooting. You can read more about his criminal record here.
Court records show a Cass County judge ordered Reese to undergo a competency and/or criminal responsibility evaluation at the North Dakota State Hospital between now and his next court hearing which is slated for March 16.
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