Lawyer: Man accused of crashing plane incompetent

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - A public defender says an Indiana investment adviser is not mentally competent to be tried on charges he deliberately crashed his plane in the Florida Panhandle in a botched plot to fake his own death.

Attorney Thomas Keith asked a judge Wednesday to order a mental evaluation for his client, 38-year-old Marcus Schrenker. Keith says he spoke with Schrenker and that he is too mentally unstable to face the federal charges against him.

Authorities say Schrenker hatched the plot to escape financial ruin. They say he parachuted from the plane that he left on autopilot. It crashed later on Jan. 11 and Schrenker sped away on a motorcycle he had stashed in central Alabama.

Federal agents found him three days later.

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