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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  1. stlmom4 says:

    Need more rehabilitation of the majority of prisoners who’ve been guilty of small crimes. Need prisons with high security care for those criminally insane like Sedlacek. These should not be intermingled nor should Sedlacek be in mental facilities not designed to deal with such violence. Huge changes but would save us money in the long run and give us more productive citizens.

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