A mental health evaluation has been ordered for the Bayfield County man accused of killing his uncle and wounding his cousin in a shooting last April in rural Carlton County.

James Francis Montano, 33, was indicted earlier this month on a premeditated first-degree murder charge and, if convicted, will face a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibilty of parole.

Montano is accused of killing 57-year-old Andrew James Gokee and injuring 38-year-old Hudson Gauthier at his father’s property in Progress Township, a few miles west of Sawyer, on April 20. Authorities have not announced a suspected motive.

Sixth Judicial District Judge Robert Macaulay last week ordered the dual evaluation, which will look not only at Montano’s competency to proceed in court but also his mental state at the time of the alleged crime.

Montano is also charged with intentional second-degree murder, attempted premeditated first-degree murder and second-degree assault.

Court proceedings will be on hold during the evaluation period, with a review hearing scheduled for May 21.