New testing sought for suspect in killing of Maryville pastor
Maryville Baptist Church By Afton Spriggs
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) -- Prosecutors in southwestern Illinois are pressing anew to determine whether a man accused of gunning down a pastor during a Sunday sermon two years ago is still mentally unfit to stand trial.
Terry Sedlacek was charged with first-degree murder in Fred Winters' March 2009 death at First Baptist Church in Maryville.
Sedlacek later was deemed mentally unfit for trial and has been in the custody of the Illinois Department of Human Services.
Madison County prosecutors and public defenders agreed then that a psychologist would testify that Sedlacek is a schizophrenic who likely won't give his attorneys accurate information or understand the legal process.
Prosecutors wonder if that's still the case. On Tuesday, they planned to ask a judge to allow for Sedlacek to be tested by a Chicago-area psychiatrist.
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