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Woman accused of killing tourists to undergo mental evaluation; appears in court

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The homeless woman who allegedly killed two Canadian tourists was in court Wednesday and requested additional time in order to undergo a mental evaluation.

Antoinette Pelzer walked into the courtroom, and stood along side her public defender. Her lawyer asked the judge for more time, explaining her client needed to undergo a mental evaluation.

Pelzer is accused of stabbing two Canadian tourists in broad day light as they walked down Pacific Avenue last May.

Pelzer was homeless at the time, and officials say she suffers from mental illness.

Now tourism officials in Atlantic City say they have gone above and beyond to make sure things are safer for visitors.

"Were out here everyday engaging anybody that might have issues. Whether it be people that have homeless issues, mental issues, and the good thing is that we have created real nice collaboration with the public and private sectors," Atlantic City Tourism Commander Tom Gilbert said.

Justin Termini works along the board walk and says the ramped up patrols are evident.

"They have stepped it up and they let the criminals know that you are not just going to terrorize the tourists around here without paying the price," Termini said.

Tourist ambassadors walk the boardwalk and not just to help the tourists but officials say they are interacting with the homeless population to address issues.

The city says it has a 10–year plan to eradicate homelessness in the resort.

"What were doing, working in a team effort, the state, county, local levels along with private stake holders to see how can we get engaged with people quicker. How do we get them the services we need. How do we figure out how did they get to ac and what their backgrounds might be so we can get them help," Gilbert added.

Pelzer will undergo a mental evaluation by a private doctor and is expected to be back in court February 4th

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