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.