OQUAWKA, Ill. — A man facing first-degree murder charges in the killing last fall of an 87-year-old rural Carman, Illinois, man will be evaluated by a forensic psychologist to determine if he is mentally competent to stand trial.

Donnie Blakely Jr., 41, Oquawka, is one of three people charged with the Oct. 6 killing of Rex Mynatt Sr., 87, in his rural Carman camper where he lived alone.

Circuit Court Judge David Vancil Jr. ordered the competency evaluation at the request of Blakely's attorney, Sherry Lawson-Weaver.

Vancil did not specify a date when the evaluation is to be completed. However, a pretrial conference is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. June 27 at the Henderson County Courthouse. The competency evaluation, if completed, could be discussed at that time.

Two other people, Angel Logsdon, 39, of Oquawka, Blakely's girlfriend, and Amy Hoffman, 38, of Gladstone, Illinois, are also in custody awaiting trial on first-degree murder charges in connection with Mynatt's death, the first homicide in Henderson County in 17 years.

The trio's trial is tentatively set for July 9 in Henderson County Circuit Court. However, court officials said this week it is unlikely the trial will commence on that date.

All three defendants have waived their right to a speedy trial, said Henderson County State's Attorney Colby Hathaway.

Investigators say Blakely shot Mynatt inside his camper. A motive for the killing has not been outlined in court documents.

Authorities also have not said how they tied Blakely, Logsdon and Hoffman to Mynatt's murder.

Vancil issued his order for a "fitness evaluation" after Weaver-Lawson questioned her client's ability to understand the proceedings pending against him.

"During the course of representing Mr. Blakely, (Weaver-Lawson) has noticed behaviors which cause her to question the fitness of the defendant," according to the motion filed by Weaver-Lawson. "The above mentioned allegations raise a serious and legitimate question as to Mr. Blakely's fitness to stand trial."

Weaver-Lawson did not specify the allegations in her motion, but she attached an affidavit outlining the allegations and her concerns. However, the affidavit was sealed by the court and is not available to the public.

Vancil appointed Joel Eckert, a clinical psychologist in Peoria, Illinois, to examine Blakely to determine whether he is fit to stand trial. Court records do not indicate if the examination has been completed.

According to Weaver-Lawson's motion, she requested the competency report to be compiled by Eckert contain the following information:

• A description of Blakely's mental disability, if any;

• An opinion as to what extent Blakely's mental disability affects his ability to understand the nature of the proceeding against him;

• An opinion as to what extent Blakely's mental disability affects his ability to aid in his own defense; and

• A diagnosis and an explanation as to what factors contributed to the diagnosis.

Weaver-Lawson also asked in her motion that should it be determined Blakely is unable to understand the nature of the proceedings against him and/or unable to aid in his defense, the report contain an opinion as to whether Blakley can attain fitness to stand trial within one year with a course of treatment and a description of the course of treatment necessary for Blakely to attain his fitness.

"The defense also requests the report should indicate what information, if any, contained in the above-mentioned report ... would be harmful to Mr. Blakely if Mr. Blakely were to learn this information," she wrote in her motion.

In a related matter, Michael R. Schramm Jr., 42, Stonghurst, was recently convicted and sentenced to eight years in an Illinois prison in connection with the theft of checks from Mynatt. He was arrested after he attempted to pass the forged checks, each valued at $2,000, at the Bank of Stronghurst two days before Mynatt was killed.

Schramm has not been charged in connection with Mynatt's murder. It has not been revealed by investigators or prosecutors what role the theft of the checks from Mynatt's residence may have played in his death, if any.

According Henderson County Circuit Court records, Schramm was sentenced to three years in prison for the first forged check and  two years in prison for the second check. The sentences are to run consecutive to each other for a total of five years. That five-year sentence will run consecutive to another three-year sentence Schramm received in an unrelated case for his conviction on a possession of a controlled substance charge for a total of eight years in prison.

It is not known how long Schramm will have to serve before he becomes eligible for parole or if prosecutors intend to call him to testify at the trio's murder trial.

Authorities said Mynatt’s body was found by a relative two days after he was killed inside his residence at 1001 Township Road 1150 North, about nine miles east of Burlington. The family member went to check on Mynatt after he failed to attend church that morning.

According to an indictment unsealed Dec. 1 by a Henderson County grand jury, Blakley shot Mynatt in the chest with a .22-caliber rifle. Logsdon and Hoffman are charged with assisting Blakley in Mynatt’s death.

It has not been revealed if Logsdon and Hoffman were at Mynatt's residence when he was killed.

Each of the defendants is charged with various counts of first-degree murder filed under several different legal theories.

If the cases go to trial, it is not known if they will be tried separately or at the same time before the same jury, authorities said.

If convicted of first-degree murder, Blakley faces 25-years-to-life in prison, while Logsdon and Hoffman face 20 to 60 years in prison for their roles in the killing.

Blakley and Logsdon are being held in the Mercer County jail. Hoffman is being held in the Henderson County Jail.