EDWARDSVILLE, ILL–(KMOX)–Almost three years after a gunman walked into the Sunday morning service at First Baptist Church in Maryville, Illinois and killed the pastor,  the question of whether the suspect is fit for trial has not been answered.

A hearing on how to determine whether the suspect Terry Sedlacek is mentally capable of standing trial was scheduled for today.  It has been postponed until January 19.

Sedlacek is accused of killing Pastor Fred Winters on March 8, 2009 during a packed service.   The suspect apparently had no connection to either the church or the victim.

The state has won permission to have its own psychiatrist examine Sedlacek, but the defense wants it video taped.

The state’s psychiatrist says he won’t cooperate if its recorded, because that would prevent him from “effectively examining” the defendant.

Sedlacek’s defense has argued that he suffers from bipolar disease and schizophrenia, aggravated by Lyme disease from a tick bite.

To stand trial, a suspect must be able to understand the charges against him and be capable of assisting in his defense.  If found unfit for trial , Sedlacek would be held in a state mental hospital and undergo periodic evaluations.

Copyright KMOX


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