Psych Exam Ordered for Man Accused of Killing Riley Fox

Scott Eby has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder charges in 2004 case

Wednesday, Sep 8, 2010  |  Updated 3:30 PM CDT
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Accused Riley Fox Killer Pleads Not Guilty

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A convicted sex offender charged with the 2004 rape and murder of a 3-year-old suburban Chicago girl is to have a psychological exam to see if he is fit to stand trial.

The defense attorney for 38-year-old Scott Eby requested the exam Wednesday.  The results of the exam are scheduled to be reviewed Sept. 21 in Will County Circuit Court.

Eby has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder and predatory criminal sexual assault of a child in the 2004 death of Riley Fox. The girl vanished from her Wilmington home and her body was later found in a creek four miles away.

Eby left a pair of mud-covered shoes with his name written on them at the scene of the crime, authorities said.

Authorities first accused the girl's father, Kevin Fox. He spent eight months in jail before DNA evidence showed he was not her killer. 

They've since candidly admitted they made mistakes during the investigation and offered an apology to the girl's surviving family.

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