There are some questions about the mental state of the man accused in the beating of church volunteer Mary Grace Tassone. The appearance for 50 year-old Alan Kierkegaard, now known in court records as Alan Sorensen, lasted less than five minutes. No plea was entered. Instead, court-appointed attorney David Alkire requested a mental evaluation of Sorensen, fearing that the man accused of attempted murder is “incompetent to assist counsel.” Judge C. Anders Holmer granted the request. Evaluations can take four to five weeks or more, but Sorensen and his attorney will be back in three weeks on August 27 for a status report.