LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - This past December, Lexington police arrested 19-year-old Travis Brehold, accusing him of gunning down a Marathon gas station clerk during a robbery.
Joanne Lynch, his defense attorney, asked a judge to grant them money Friday morning.
While she isn't saying what the money would be used for, we're told it could help pay for a psychological evaluation.
Lynch says Bredhold was abused and neglected as a child.
She tells us Bredhold's parents had severe substance abuse issues so he was in and out of state custody for years.
Lynch isn't saying he has mental health issues now but she tells us his background is rife with them.
Bredhold is facing the death penalty.
The judge says he's waiting to set the trial date because a crime lab backlog is delaying the DNA results of the evidence taken from the gas station.
Lynch tells us even though Bredhold has a troubled past, she isn't drawing attention to it to excuse the murder charges or draw sympathy.
"Those facts are not intended to excuse any actions he may have taken or excuse the charges that he has. In order to understand who a person is you have to know more about them than what they're charged with," she said.
Bredhold's next status hearing is scheduled for October 10.
According to Lynch, the soonest they could be ready for trial would be September 2015.