Ore. City kidnap suspect sent for mental eval.

Ore. City kidnap suspect sent for mental eval.

Ore. City kidnap suspect sent for mental eval.

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by Evan Sernoffsky, KGW.com Staff

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Posted on March 5, 2014 at 6:14 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 6 at 8:38 AM

PORTLAND – The man accused of kidnapping an Oregon City girl in early December was sent to the Oregon State Hospital for a mental evaluation on Feb. 20.

The evaluation comes after the defense for 40-year-old Kelsey McCune said it will use an insanity defense and argue McCune had a mental health defect when he allegedly kidnapped a 13-year-old Oregon City girl.

On Feb. 3, McCune’s attorneys said they would use an insanity defense after a doctor concluded McCune didn’t know his actions were criminal. Now, the Clackamas County District Attorney’s Office is having an independent mental evaluation done on McCune.

Back in early December, authorities thought the teen ran away, but later identified McCune as a suspect in her kidnapping. SWAT teams scoured areas of Clackamas County looking for the pair as a bitter cold snap set in with temperatures falling as low as 10 degrees.

McCune and and the girl were later discovered in a wooded area north of a mobile home park in Oregon City.

McCune is set to stand trial on April 15 where he will face kidnapping, rape and sodomy charges.

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