Alleged 'East Coast Rapist' will not receive another competency evaluation

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Local,Virginia,Crime,Naomi Jagoda

The man accused of being the East Coast Rapist will not receive a second evaluation of his competency to stand trial in Virginia, the Associated Press has reported.

Aaron H. Thomas, 40, is suspected in up to 17 assaults along the East Coast between 1997 and 2009. He is being tried in Prince William County for attacks on three Dale City teenage girls on Halloween night 2009.

A previous evaluation found that Thomas was faking mental illness. His lawyers asked for another evaluation because they said Thomas has been mutilating his body and has stopped speaking to them. However, the AP reported, a judge denied the request in a hearing Friday in Manassas.

At Thomas' Prince William County trial, scheduled to begin July 31, his lawyers intend to present an insanity defense. Lawyers for Thomas wrote in court document that Thomas "complained of an alternate personality named Erwin, active at the time of the alleged offenses." 

The judge told Thomas Friday that he needs to cooperate with additional mental health evaluators or he might not be able to present the insanity defense, according to the AP.

Thomas was indicted in April of two counts of rape, three counts of abduction with intent to defile and three counts of using a firearm during a felony for the Halloween 2009 attacks. He is accused of raping two of the girls while a third texted for help.

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