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The man accused of shooting and killing two people in Olney in 2011 intends to plead not criminally responsible at his trial, his lawyer told Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Cheryl A. McCally Thursday.

That plea is expected to be entered in the case during a status hearing in September, following the results of a mental evaluation of Rohan Goodlett of Olney. That evaluation is expected to determine whether he was criminally responsible at the time of the crimes for which he has been accused, according to Mary Siegfried, who is representing him.

A trial date has not yet been set.

In March 2011, Montgomery County police arrested Goodlett and charged him with murdering his 81-year-old neighbor Nazir Ahmed and Punyasara W. Palkumbure Gedara, 41.

Goodlett is being held at a psychiatric hospital in Jessup. He was involuntarily committed there in October 2011 after allegedly attacking a fellow inmate, and later, a correctional officer at a Montgomery County Correctional facility.

A grand jury indicted Goodlett with two counts of first-degree assault in those cases June 6.

sjbsmith@gazette.net