MASON CITY | A man who allegedly killed his two grandparents in Mason City last month is asking for a psychiatric evaluation, because he may suffer from mental illness.

Codie Matz, 25, is accused of killing his grandparents, Kenneth Hackbart, 61, and Kathleen Hackbart, 64, in their southwestern Mason City home on Nov. 7.

According to court documents filed by Matz' attorneys, Parker Thirnbeck and Steven Kloberdanz, this week, Matz might be suffering from a mental illness that is preventing him from understanding that he is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, what the court proceedings are and related matters.

"...the Defendant appears to be suffering from visual hallucinations, paranoid delusions and is very confused at this time," the court document says. 

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Thirnbeck and Kloberdanz, both public defenders in Mason City, have asked Matz be evaluated by a psychiatrist at the state's cost. They added all court proceedings would stop until it is determined whether Matz is competent to stand trial.

Thirnbeck, the lead attorney in the case, did not immediately return a call for comment Wednesday afternoon.

According to police, Matz allegedly stabbed the Hackbarts at their home on Nov. 7. He was last seen in Mason City around 8 a.m. that morning, and apparently fled town.

He was taken into custody about 2:30 p.m. that day, when an Iowa State trooper saw Matz in the Hackbarts' vehicle in rural Bondurant, a suburb of Des Moines.

Matz requested a speedy trial, which is scheduled to begin Jan. 23, 2018, in Cerro Gordo County District Court. 

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