The lawyers for an El Paso, Texas, lawyer and former Carnegie Mellon University trustee suspected of laundering money for a drug cartel plan to ask for delay to next week's trial so a psychological evaluation can be done.
Marco Antonio Delgado has been charged with conspiring to launder $1 million for Mexican drug lords and stealing millions from a Mexican utility company.
During a status conference Mr. Delgado's lawyers, Ray Velarde and Richard Esper, asked U.S. District Judge David Briones for more time so Mr. Delgado could undergo a psychological evaluation. Mr. Delgado's trial is scheduled to begin Monday.
But Judge Briones was not happy with the request and said he usually does not grant continuances a week before trial.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Juanita Fielden said a deal has been offered to Mr. Delgado for a guilty plea, but the prosecution agreed an "evaluation would be beneficial."