Lawyer seeks mental evaluation for man accused of threatening mass shooting
New information has emerged in court regarding the man accused of threatening a mass shooting after the Yo Gotti concert.
Elijah Hyman appeared before a judge on Monday morning and the judge allowed Hyman to undergo a mental evaluation before returning to court on August 8.
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The attorney representing Elijah Hyman, Leslie Ballin, told Us that Hyman and his family believe the best place for him right now is to stay in jail, not because he’s accused of being a criminal, but because that they really see this as a mental health issue.
“My Hyman called for help. He actually called an officer for help,” Ballin said. “He was in crisis. this case.
Hyman’s family sat quietly in the courtroom as Ballin counseled him.
“The immediate issue is mental health,” he said. “He will remain in custody. He will not ask to be released on bail. It’s for his safety. »
FOX13’s Jeremy Pierre asked Ballin if his parents were okay with him staying in jail.
“Absolutely, his parents are worried about him,” he said.
Due to the number of modified weapons found in Hyman’s apartment, sources tell us the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) will remain involved in the investigation.
Ballin said he was “not free to discuss where we are in this process.”
On July 16 at approximately 4:19 a.m., the Memphis Police Department (MPD) responded to an emergency engagement call at Chisca Apartments, which is in the 200 block of Main Street.
Hyman was upset over a recent breakup with his girlfriend on July 12.
Like other mass shootings he has seen on TV, Hyman had the idea to injure others at a Yo Gotti concert, according to court documents.
In frustration, he smashed the east-facing window with his right fist.
Shortly after, the man called the police for help, according to an affidavit.
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Hyman was taken to Regional One for treatment in non-critical condition.
When officers arrived at the apartment, they found several high-caliber weapons in plain sight, some of which had been modified, including a 9mm Glock with an added rifle stock and a 60-round drum.
MPD also noticed that the apartment had been fitted out with binoculars in the window, giving him a direct view of the FedExForum and surrounding parking lots, according to an affidavit.
Hyman was previously only charged with committing acts of terrorism. Late Sunday night July 17, he has since been charged with 30 counts of attempted first degree murder and 30 counts of possession of a firearm.
Ballin requested a mental evaluation for Hyman and said he hoped to have the results before Hyman’s next court appearance on August 8.
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