EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP)-- An Illinois appeals court has ruled that a man accused of gunning down a pastor mid-sermon during a 2009 church service is unfit to stand trial, upholding a lower court's ruling.
But the (Alton) Telegraph (http://bit.ly/1682a0F) reports the 5th District Appellate Court on Friday reversed a judge's ruling that a subsequent psychological evaluation of Terry Sedlacek (SEHD'-lak) be recorded.
Sedlacek is charged with the March 2009 shooting of the Rev. Fred Winters at First Baptist Church in Maryville, northeast of St. Louis. He has been confined to mental health treatment since he was found incompetent to stand trial seven months after the shooting.
His public defender has pressed for a discharge hearing that could result in Sedlacek being set free, ordered to stay in mental-health confinement or even prison time.
Information from: The Telegraph, http://www.thetelegraph.com
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