Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Rabbi Moskowitz’s Attacker Deemed Competent To Stand Trial

(APP) A 38-year-old Lakewood man accused of attempted murder in a baseball-bat attack on a rabbi has been deemed competent to stand trial.Superior Court Judge Francis R. Hodgson last week ruled that Lee Tucker of Ventura Drive is mentally fit to stand trial on the attempted murder charge and another charge of possessing a weapon. Tucker is accused of severely beating Rabbi Mordechai Moskowitz in Lakewood on Oct. 9, 2007. Moskowitz, then 53 and a third-grade teacher at Lakewood Cheder School, was attacked while walking to synagogue to pray. Tucker's attorneys, Glenn Kassman and Kevin Young, sought to have their client declared incompetent to stand trial. At a hearing on May 14, they presented testimony from a psychiatrist, Dr. Daniel Greenfield, who talked about Tucker's history of psychiatric commitments dating to 1996 for serious mental disorders that include schizophrenia. However, Assistant Ocean County Prosecutor Michael Weatherstone called another psychiatrist, Dr. Timothy Michals, as his expert witness. Michals testified that Tucker is competent and that he faked mental illness during an exam. Read full app article here.

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