Another hearing is planned for next Tuesday, where a judge will decide if David Altman will be forcibly medicated, to see if he can be brought to a state of mental competence to stand trial for his father’s murder. The Daily News reports that a state psychologist has determined that Altman is currently unable to take part in the court proceedings; he faces charges of murder and assault after he allegedly attacked his 92 year-old father, Bernie Altman, back on August 25th. Bernie Altman died from those injuries on September 8th. David Altman has a history of mental illness, and has been treated for that illness for a number of years.
TDN also reports that the case involving Sergey Fedoruk is now in the hands of the jury. Fedoruk is going through his second trial in the August, 2011 beating death of his brother-in-law at a home near Kelso. Fedoruk’s 2012 conviction was thrown out, after the Appeals Court ruled that prosecutors acted improperly in the first trial, and that he didn’t get an adequate defense. Fedoruk’s mental state is a key component of this trial, and it’s reported that the defendant had to be removed from court, after several outbursts in the courtroom. The case went to the jury yesterday afternoon, and deliberations will resume this morning.