A defense attorney has confirmed a Utah man who authorities say vandalized a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints temple will receive a competency evaluation before his case moves forward.
The Herald Journal reported Monday that Mike McGinnis said he and his 34-year-old client of Smithfield, Utah, Peter Ambrose, were not prepared to move forward with the hearing and requested an evaluation.
It is unclear when the evaluation is scheduled.
Prosecutors say the suspect is charged with aggravated burglary and is accused of breaking-in and vandalizing the Logan Temple causing about $5,000 in damages, including broken glass and an ax in a wall.
Police responded to the Logan Temple at approximately 3:30 a.m. on Christmas Eve after getting reports of a break-in.
Police say three levels of the temple were damaged. Shortly after officers cleared the scene and left, temple workers found Ambrose locked inside a locker room at approximately 8:30 a.m.
During an interview, Ambrose admitted to the crimes and claimed he was upset about Christmas and that he couldn't see his children. He was also upset that no Latter-day Saint women wanted to date him, according to a press release.