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BENTONVILLE -- A Fayetteville man accused of trying to kill a woman has been ordered to undergo a second mental evaluation.

Cody Anderson, 30, is charged with attempted murder, battery and three counts of terroristic threatening. He's also charged as a habitual offender. He previously pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Jay Saxton, Anderson's attorney, requested Monday a second mental evaluation for his client. His first evaluation determined he was fit to stand trial.

The second evaluation is meant to decide whether Anderson had a mental disease or defect at the time of the crime.

Benton County Circuit Judge Robin Green granted Saxton's request for the second evaluation.

Anderson was arrested Sept. 13, 2017. A woman reported Sept. 12 that Anderson had beaten her mother, causing compound fractures and bleeding, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Bella Vista police officers went to the home and found Dusty Reins covered in blankets in a bedroom with a strong gasoline smell, according to court documents. Reins' left arm had a bone exposed, and the bed was covered with blood, according to the affidavit.

Doctors at Mercy Medical Center in Rogers told police each of Reins' arms and legs had been broken and some had multiple breaks, according to the affidavit.

Reins told police she had been in a relationship with Anderson and he had beaten her, according to court documents. Reins told police Anderson threatened to set her on fire.

Anderson then called Reins' daughter and told her to check on her mother, the affidavit says.

Anderson is being held on $150,000 bond in the Benton County Jail.

NW News on 05/16/2018

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