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Man found with dismembered wife in Lenexa storage unit to undergo psychological evaluation

Posted at 3:49 PM, Nov 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-29 16:49:02-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The man found living in a Lenexa, Kansas, storage unit with his wife's dismembered body will undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

In late October, police found Justin Rey, his toddler and newborn baby at a U-Haul storage unit. They also found his wife's dismembered remains inside two coolers.

A judge granted the motion to assess Rey's ability to make or assist in his defense. It will be conducted at the Johnson County Mental Health Center.

Rey is charged with abandoning a corpse in Jackson County. He's also charged with child endangerment in Johnson County.

His attorney in the Johnson County case motioned for a psychological evaluation last week, saying he has "good faith belief" that Rey is unable to understand the charges against him. 

Rey's attorney, Courtney Henderson, said he is not able to "effectively assist in his defense due to a mental or physical condition," based on Rey's demeanor while discussing the legal proceedings of the case.

He is also charged with murdering a man in California and could potentially be extradited in that case.