Another delay in James Rhodes' death penalty case

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- There has been another delay in the trial of a man accused of killing a Metro PCS employee last year.

At a hearing Tuesday, 22-year-old James Rhodes, the defendant, appeared in front of a judge for a pre-trial hearing.

Defense attorneys revealed they are still waiting for a doctor's report to determine if Rhodes is intellectually disabled, which would make him not eligible for the death penalty.

A doctor evaluated Rhodes several weeks ago, however, the findings from the evaluation are not done, attorneys said.

Rhodes faces several charges, including first degree murder, in the shooting death of 20-year-old Shelby Farah.

Investigators said Rhodes shot Farah execution-style during a robbery at the Metro PCS store where she worked in 2013. July 20 marked one year since her death.

Darlene Farah, the victim's mom, said the process has been extremely hard on her two children who miss their sister.

"I just want to see joy back in their life. It's really hard on them," she said.

The judge scheduled another pre-trial hearing September 15. Attorneys said they hope to have the doctor's mental evaluation report by then.


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