EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) – A southwestern Illinois judge’s latest ruling that a man is mentally unfit for trial in the mid-sermon shooting death of a pastor three years ago raises the prospect that the defendant may never face a jury.
Madison County Circuit Judge Richard Tognarelli says there’s no substantial probability that Terry Sedlacek will become mentally competent for trial within a year.
That means the case soon could head to a discharge hearing that could result in Sedlacek being set free, being ordered to stay in mental-health confinement or even prison time.
Before then, prosecutors must decide whether to appeal Tognarelli’s ruling that an evaluation they’d like Sedlacek to undergo by one of their doctors be recorded.Sedlacek is accused of gunning down the Rev. Fred Winters of Maryville’s First Baptist Church.
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