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The Casper teen charged with raping and attempting to murder a 4-year-old girl will undergo a second mental illness exam at the request of his attorney.

Brandtly Bedsaul, 19, was charged with attempted homicide, first-degree sexual abuse of a minor, aggravated assault and aggravated child abuse in October. He pleaded not guilty by reason of mental illness in December, and completed a forensic evaluation with the Wyoming State Hospital to determine his mental status.

About four months later, that evaluation was completed and sent to the Natrona County District Court, which received it March 28. There was no indication at a hearing Tuesday what the results of the evaluation were, and records regarding defendants’ mental evaluations are not public.

At the hearing, Bedsaul’s attorney, public defender Kerri Johnson, requested that a Colorado doctor be allowed to complete a second evaluation as allowed by state law.

Judge Thomas Sullins approved the request. The doctor will have 90 days to complete the exam.

In the meantime, proceedings in the case will continue. Sullins set Bedsaul’s trial date for Aug. 7.

Casper police arrested Bedsaul in September after they received a call that he was raping the girl in the front yard of the Casper home where he lived, according to court documents. Law enforcement found the girl covered in blood, half naked and unresponsive. They later learned Bedsaul had attempted to strangle her, the documents state.

Bedsaul spoke briefly with investigators after his arrest before requesting a lawyer. Police later wrote that the teen appeared to be under the influence of drugs at the time of his arrest.

Bedsaul previously spent time living at the Wyoming Behavioral Institute, an acute-care psychiatric hospital in Casper, according to court documents.

Bedsaul has remained incarcerated since his arrest. Sullins previously set his bond at $1 million.

Follow crime and courts reporter Elise Schmelzer on Twitter @eliseschmelzer


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