A Sedalia man charged with murder was in a Boone Co. courtroom August 26th for a hearing and will now be mentally evaluated.

Rudy Perez, 33, is accused of killing Robert Hill, 78, of Warsaw, on February 1st.  Both were patients at Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital in Columbia at the time.

According to court records, Perez was arrested in Sedalia three days before Hill’s death after an unidentified man said Perez punched him in the face.  Perez was not immediately charged and was released from custody.  Pettis County prosecutors filed assault charges shortly after the alleged murder in Columbia.

Perez has been ordered to undergo a mental examination before his next hearing on September 23rd. Perez is set for trial for October 1st.