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Psych eval scheduled today for murder suspect: Brookhaven man accused in Christmas Eve murder

After waiting nearly four months for a psychiatric evaluation on a Brookhaven man accused of murder, it was determined this week that the process should be expedited and an exam is scheduled for today.

Monday’s hearing for Yaquilla Washington was the fifth hearing to be continued while the court waits for results. A new court date has not been set as of Thursday but will likely be set as soon as the results are in.

Washington, 27, is accused of murder in the Dec. 24 death of Demetrius Wilson. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges against him. Washington was indicted in March for one count of first-degree murder and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

On Dec. 24, police arrested Washington after he allegedly shot Wilson at the Cloverdale apartments in Brookhaven. Police say Wilson had returned to the Cloverdale area from shopping with his girlfriend and noticed a man looking at him. Wilson and Washington allegedly engaged in a short conversation before Wilson and his girlfriend drove to another house in Cloverdale.

The girlfriend told police she entered a house and when she returned to the car she heard an argument between the two men followed by Washington allegedly shooting Wilson with a Smith & Wesson .38 special handgun.