A Maryland teen suspected in the death of a DC cab driver has been sent to St. Elizabeths Hospital for a mental health examination after notifying the court that he intends to pursue an insanity defense in the case.
According to court records, Joshua Mebane, 17, was released to the hospital Wednesday.
Mebane is suspected of first-degree murder while armed in the shooting death of Quadar Muhammad, 44.
Police found Muhammad on November 7, 2012, inside a burning Lincoln taxi cab on the 1400 block of Brentwood Parkway Northeast. The cause of death was later determined to be a gunshot to the head.
Charging documents state that a teen internet romance between Mebane, and alleged accomplice, Linda Bury, 17 led to the deadly robbery that killed Muhammad.
Bury pleaded guilty in May to robbery.
A follow up hearing for Mebane is scheduled at 11:00 p.m. on April 18.