Originally published Friday, August 13, 2010 at 06:01a.m.

KINGMAN - A suspect in the shooting death of a 37-year-old man in north Kingman last month was in court Thursday on unrelated charges.

County Attorney James Schoppmann said he is still weighing whether murder charges should be levied against Robert K. Alber, 53, for the death of Michael Sessoyeff July 12.

Sessoyeff died from a single gunshot wound to the chest after he and Alber got into an argument over a locked front gate. Sessoyeff had been staying in a trailer on Alber's property.

Alber contends that he shot Sessoyeff in self-defense.

According to Sessoyeff's girlfriend, who was standing next to her boyfriend when he was shot, Sessoyeff was unarmed during the argument, which lasted about 45 seconds.

The girlfriend, Misty Power, said she is concerned that no charges will be filed because Sessoyeff had an extensive criminal history. She said that Sesseyoff was in the process of turning his life around, even beginning an online college course the day he was killed.

Schoppmann said his office has received new information this week and has not yet decided whether to pursue murder charges.

The same day of the shooting, Alber was arrested and charged with felony trafficking in stolen property for allegedly selling a Department of Public Safety Taser which had been reported stolen out of a squad car the week before. A shotgun and other items also stolen from the car, which was parked in front of the officer's home, have not been recovered.

Alber was in court Thursday for the stolen goods charge. His attorney, Art Higgs, petitioned for a mental health examination of his client, which Alber objected to. In a motion to the court, Higgs said Alber has made disjointed statements about the law and has made "paranoid reports about unrelated and irrelevant facts."

Judge Steven Conn granted the request, referred to as a Rule 11 examination.

No timeline has been given for when the County Attorney would make a decision regarding possible murder charges.