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Court will test expelled UArizona student accused of killing professor for insanity

Trial scheduled to begin in September
Posted at 7:18 PM, Jul 21, 2023

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — Murad Dervish is getting a Guilty Except Insane (GEI) court-approved evaluation ahead of trial.

Pima County Judge Howard Fell ordered Dr. James Sullivan to conduct the GEI evaluation at the county jail at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 31st.

Dervish is accused of killing Professor Thomas Meixner on campus in October of last year. He was a former graduate student in the University of Arizona's Hydrology school, and a former student of Meixner's.

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Dervish is scheduled for trial in September. He has pleaded not guilty.

Police reports showed an unlocked door made it easier for the accused gunman to reach Meixner.

Since then, the university has re-evaluated security on campus.


Jeff Rosenfield joined KGUN 9 in July of 2022. He has a background in writing, as well as photography and other visual mediums. He graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication at the Arizona State University in May of 2022.