Ball was in court Tuesday as a judge heard a motion by his lawyers seeking to strike down a statute the defense said treats indigent defendants differently from defendants who can afford their own lawyer. Ball's lawyer said the law requires a defendant represented by appointed counsel to undergo an evaluation by a mental health expert who must submit a report to the court.
Richmond Circuit Court Judge Beverly Snukals denied the motion.
Ball's trial is scheduled for next October.
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