93-year-old former Auschwitz guard could face trial in Germany if found healthy enough

A court in western Germany says it's waiting on a doctor's assessment of a 93-year-old former Auschwitz guard to determine if he can stand trial on 170,000 counts of accessory to murder.

Detmold state court spokeswoman Anke Grudda said Friday it could be several weeks before the health assessment for Reinhold H., whose last name wasn't given in line with privacy laws, is resolved. The suspect's attorney says his client isn't fit for trial.

The retiree is accused of serving as an Auschwitz guard from 1942 through 1944. Prosecutors argue he is an accessory to murder for helping the death camp function but he's not charged with a specific killing.

The suspect says he was assigned to a part of the camp not involved in the mass murders.