A North Carolina man accused in the rape and beating of a 95-year-old woman has been ordered to undergo a mental evaluation.
The Star-News of Wilmington reported Tuesday that 41-year-old Brian A. Reavis entered an insanity plea to nine charges in the April 12 attack. A judge ordered that Reavis undergo a mental evaluation and be committed to a state mental hospital after prosecutors requested the evaluation.
Prosecutors allege Reavis pushed his way into the woman's home as she picked up a newspaper on her front porch in Wilmington's historic district. They said he demanded money, then raped and beat the woman.
The woman is approaching her 96th birthday, and District Attorney Ben David said her testimony was recorded in August as a safety precaution.
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