Prosecutors Challenge Unfit Ruling In Sedlacek Trial

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) – Madison County prosecutors have appealed a judge’s ruling that a man accused of gunning down a southwestern Illinois pastor is mentally unfit to stand trial.

Circuit Judge Richard Tognarelli ruled on Feb. 10 that it’s unlikely Terry Sedlacek would be fit for trial in the next year.

Sedlacek has been confined to mental health treatment since he was found incompetent to stand trial seven months after the March 2009 shooting.

State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons says the office feels the ruling “sets a bad precedent” about how such cases should be handled.

He says the family of the Rev. Fred Winters supports the decision to appeal.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports prosecutors are also challenging the judge’s order that a psychological evaluation of Sedlacek must be recorded.

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