Gregory Lance Henderson, facing a charge of capital murder in the death of a Lee County deputy, pleaded not guilty because of mental disease or defect at his arraignment Wednesday, authorities said.
Henderson, 31, is accused of fatally injuring Deputy James Anderson during a Sept. 24 traffic stop at Lee Road 240 and Lee Road 234. He was indicted in December on charges of murder and possession of a controlled substance.
On Wednesday, his trial was set for Nov. 15, Lee County District Attorney Nick Abbett said.
“I asked for a mental evaluation, since he pled not guilty because of mental disease or defect,” Abbett said. “I would have asked for it anyway.”
Abbett also asked for a determination of Henderson’s IQ, of his mental state at the time of the deputy’s death and if he’s competent to stand trial.
Defense attorney Jeremy Armstrong, the Phenix City lawyer representing Henderson, told the judge that he was contemplating filing a motion asking all Lee County judges to recuse themselves, because Anderson was a deputy, Abbett said.
Anderson, a three-year veteran of the sheriff’s office, left behind a wife, daughter and son.
Henderson, who is unemployed and the unmarried father of four children, has been in and out of jail and prison since 1998, when he was 19 years old. He has been booked into the Muscogee County Jail at least 16 times in the last 11 years, according to the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office. He has also had traffic citations in Alabama, records show.