CHARLOTTE -- A Charlotte man accused of killing his in-laws and raping and kidnapping his wife will undergo a mental evaluation to determine his competence before his case moves forward.

Vurnel Smith, Jr. appeared in Mecklenburg Superior Court Thursday.

During the court proceedings, prosecutors asked the judge if he could be mentally evaluated before they continued with charges.

Prosecutors stated when he was arrested back in August 2017, he asked detectives to see a psychiatrist and was speaking in multiple personalities.

Smith is charged with two counts of first degree murder, for killing his wife's parents, as well as first degree rape, assault inflicting serious injury and kidnapping of his wife.

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