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Exam set for accused Hillary Clinton shoe-thrower

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A judge has ordered a competency evaluation for a Phoenix woman accused of throwing a shoe at Hillary Clinton while the former U.S. secretary of state addressed a convention audience in Las Vegas.

Alison Michelle Ernst's lawyer sought the psychological exam after telling U.S. Magistrate Judge Peggy Leen that Ernst was unable to understand charges against her and assist in her defense.

Leen last week set a July 20 date to review exam results.

The 36-year-old Ernst had been set for trial June 25 after pleading not guilty to misdemeanor trespassing and violence against a person charges that could get her two years in federal prison.

Assistant Federal Public Defender William Carrico suggests that Ernst might have been legally insane when she threw an athletic shoe at Clinton in April.

Ernst had been freed from custody in Nevada with a court summons on a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge after her arrest April 10 at the Mandalay Bay resort.

The shoe she threw at Clinton during the speech in Las Vegas missed, and Ernst walked away with her hands in the air and immediately surrendered to authorities.

Earlier this month, residents in a Peoria neighborhood told CBS 5 News they saw federal agents on their block even before the shoe-throwing incident.

"At one point, Secret Service did approach my wife asking her if we knew who she was," said neighbor Jaime Beck. "This was before the shoe incident and I don't really know who she is, but I know she is not in this area."

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