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Bruce Fanning, accused of fatally shooting a man he found showering in his home, appears in Mason County Superior Court on Monday.

SHELTON — A Belfair-area man accused of first-degree murder of an intruder he found showering inside his home asked for additional time to determine if he suffers from diminished mental capacity.

Superior Court Judge Amber Finlay on Monday rescheduled Bruce Fanning’s omnibus hearing for 9 a.m. May 1. Fanning’s attorney, Richard Woodrow, requested the delay and Prosecuting Attorney Mike Dorcy agreed to the two-week delay.

Woodrow said he was seeking a “diminished capacity” defense for his client.

Dorcy raised concerns about delays in obtaining a psychiatric evaluation for Fanning. 

“We are now more than a year from the date of the violation in this case,” Dorcy said, citing that Fanning was originally charged in April 2017.

Fanning is charged with the fatal shooting of Nathaniel Rosa on April 1.

He is free on $250,000 bail.

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