Md. man ruled unfit for murder trial
A judge has found an elderly Maryland man not competent to stand trial in the April slaying of his 82-year-old wife.
Attorneys plan to review Thomas Scherer's mental capacity in summer 2011 to see if he could face a jury at that point.
Police believe he beat Magda Scherer to death inside their Stevensville home and then attempted to burn down the home. He was charged with first-degree murder.
Scherer remains in the custody of the state-run Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center in Jessup, Md. He has been held there since April 26. He will continue to stay at the secure facility for another year until doctors have a chance to exam him again.
A prosecutor said Scherer seemed disoriented and confused although court documents did not mention that he suffered from dementia or mental illness.
-- The Capital of Annapolis
Washington Post Editors
July 27, 2010; 10:24 AM ET
Categories: Anne Arundel , From the Courthouse , Homicide
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