Sedlacek Could Get New Competency Hearing

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A man accused of gunning down a pastor during a Sunday sermon two years ago will undergo new psychiatric testing meant to determine if he’s still mentally unfit to stand trial.

A Madison County judge on Tuesday signed off on a prosecutor’s request to have Terry Sedlacek re-examined, this time by a Chicago-area psychiatrist.

Sedlacek was charged with first-degree murder in Fred Winters’ March 2009 death at First Baptist Church in Maryville.

Sedlacek later was deemed unfit for trial and has been in the custody of the Illinois Department of Human Services. His public defender has said his client would pursue a defense of not guilty by reason of insanity.

Winters’ widow attended Tuesday’s hearing but refused to comment afterward.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press

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