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Psychiatric test ordered for Newtown calls suspect

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A federal judge has ordered a psychiatric assessment of a man charged with making threatening phone calls to Newtown residents in the days following the school shootings.

Defense lawyers told the judge in U.S. District Court in New Haven on Wednesday that Wilfrido Cardenas Hoffman has received psychiatric care at home in Venezuela.

Cardenas was arrested last month at Miami International Airport while traveling to Mexico from Venezuela.

Prosecutors say Cardenas made the calls two days after the December 2012 shootings in which 20 first-graders and six educators were killed. Authorities say in a few calls, he claimed to be the shooter and threatened to kill the person he called.