Ma-killer warn­ing

New York Post - - NEWS - Priscilla DeGre­gory

The former Ford­ham Uni­ver­sity stu­dent who beat his mother to death dur­ing an epilep­tic seizure should re­main in a max­i­mum-se­cu­rity men­tal fa­cil­ity, a psy­chol­o­gist tes­ti­fied in a Man­hat­tan court on Thurs­day.

Henry Wach­tel, 24, was per­mit­ted to plead not guilty by rea­son of men­tal de­fect for killing his mother, La Guardia HS teacher Karyn Kay, on April 10, 2012.

Pros­e­cu­tion wit­ness Irene Kat­sama­nis, a psy­chol­o­gist at Kirby Foren­sic Psy­chi­atric Cen­ter where Wach­tel is com­mit­ted, said Wach­tel swore, yelled and shouted deroga­tory terms at staff when he didn’t get his way and even had a friend sneak drugs into the fa­cil­ity for him.

Kat­sama­nis said he would “pose a risk of fu­ture dan­ger if he were to leave a se­cure fa­cil­ity.”

Man­hat­tan Supreme Court Jus­tice Jill Kon­viser will con­tinue to hear wit­ness tes­ti­mony and de­cide whether Wach­tel should re­main in the max­i­mum­se­cu­rity fa­cil­ity or go to an un­se­cured res­i­den­tial fa­cil­ity.

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