A federal judge has ordered accused kidnapper Michael Webb to undergo an assessment to determine whether he is mentally competent to stand trial.
Webb is accused of grabbing an 8-year-old girl while she was walking with her mother in May in Fort Worth. The girl was found hours later with Webb in a Forest Hill hotel room.
The 51-year-old man may suffer from a "psychological impediment," court records show. Federal prosecutors did not oppose the defense attorney's motion to have Webb evaluated.
A judicial order filed Friday cancels trial settings in the case and could delay the criminal proceedings for at least a month.
Webb was indicted last month on the federal kidnapping charge. He initially indicated he would plead guilty in the case.
He also faces a state charge of aggravated kidnapping and six charges of aggravated sexual assault in connection with the girl's abduction.
A Forest Hill police officer searched Webb's hotel room two hours before the girl was found. He was later fired in connection with his handling of the kidnapping investigation.