ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (WWJ/AP) – A man charged with killing his ex-girlfriend and her father in southwestern Michigan is getting an examination to determine whether he’s competent to stand trial.

The case against 24-year-old Alex Perez is on hold until the results are known. A Berrien County judge ordered the review following a request from defense lawyer Richard Sammis, The Herald-Palladium of St. Joseph reported.

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Perez is jailed on $5 million bond. Berrien County Prosecutor Michael Sepic says Perez will be examined at the state’s Center for Forensic Psychiatry in Ypsilanti. The process could take months.

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Perez is charged with murder in the deaths of 27-year-old Renee Mitchell and her father, 67-year-old John Mitchell, near Coloma in January. Following the killings, Perez fled with his two young daughters, sparking an Amber Alert.

Police later found Perez and his two daughters in Georgetown, Colorado. Investigators believe Perez was returning home to Los Angeles at the time.

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