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Psych exam requested for Athens man who fatally shot girlfriend

Marion Adkins Jr.

By Joe Johnson

An attorney representing an Athens man who admitted to fatally shooting his girlfriend nine months ago has requested that his client undergo psychological testing at the Clarke County Jail, where he has been detained since the alleged murder.

Marion Adkins, 41, reportedly told Athens-Clarke County police that he and 36-year-old Latisha Gresham were arguing in their home at 247 Moreland Ave. the night of Jan. 25 when a gun he was holding discharged, killing the woman.

A male resident called 911 after he returned home from work the next morning and found Gresham lying unresponsive in a hallway.

The county coroner pronounced Gresham dead at the scene, where Adkins had remained and admitted to shooting the woman, police said.

In April, a Clarke County grand jury indicted Adkins for malice and felony murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm in the commission of a On Monday, Adkin’s defense attorney, Jeff Manciagli, filed a motion in Clarke County Superior Court that requests psychological testing be done on his client at the jail.

“(Adkins) has a documented history of mental illness, making such an evaluation an imperative for an effective defense of Defendant,” the attorney stated in the motion.

A date for a hearing on the motion was not immediately scheduled.

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