A Martin County man accused of shooting three people, leaving two dead, pleads not guilty in court Monday.
Billy Sartin appeared in circuit court for the first time since a grand jury indicted him earlier this month on two counts of murder, and one count of attempted murder and kidnapping.
Sartin is accused of shooting and killing Jeffrey Mattox and Billy Proctor and injuring Sue Collins on September 18th. Today in court, before answering to his charges, his attorney requested the court system change his name from Billy Sartin to William Star. The judge agreed, and now he will go by William Star in all court proceedings. After the judge read the charges, his attorney entered a not guilty plea on all counts and requested a mental evaluation to determine the future of the case.
"we've raised Mr. Star's competency and now the court has appointed a psychiatrist to do an independent evaluation to determine if Mr. Star is competent for this case to go forward." says Ted Shouse, Star's attorney. "He's a very sick man."
Court records show William Star, also known has Billy Sartin, has been ruled incompetent to stand trial in the past on other charges.
Several victim's family members were in the courtroom today. They didn't want to talk on camera, but they say they were upset over the not guilty plea.