Men­tal health eval­u­a­tion for mur­der ac­cused

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD -

An Amer­i­can man ac­cused of killing his Cana­dian girl­friend in up­state New York will re­main in jail as his lawyer ar­ranges for a men­tal health eval­u­a­tion.

Po­lice have said David Sch­midinger called 911 in De­cem­ber say­ing he had killed his girl­friend and was wait­ing for au­thor­i­ties.

When of­fi­cers ar­rived, po­lice said, 38-yearold Sch­midinger di­rected them to a nearby Hamp­ton Inn in Syra­cuse where po­lice found the body of 44-year-old Michelle Pater­son of Bramp­ton. Po­lice say Pater­son had been vis­it­ing Sch­midinger and had ar­rived in Syra­cuse a few days ear­lier.

Sch­midinger’s lawyer has told lo­cal re­porters a judge gave per­mis­sion this week for a physi­cian to meet with his client and de­ter­mine whether the de­fence of a men­tal ill­ness was a le­git­i­mate one to make in the case.

Lawyer Ralph Cognetti said the eval­u­a­tion’s con­clu­sion will be pre­sented to the court when it is com­plete.

Sch­midinger’s case is set to return to court Feb. 10.

Court doc­u­ments in the case show in­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieve Sch­midinger in­ten­tion­ally struck Pater­son in the head with a brick “sev­eral times” be­fore stran­gling her.

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