Capitol Killings Suspect Should Be Medicated, Judge Says

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A federal judge yesterday ruled that Russell Eugene Weston Jr. should be medicated against his will so he can stand trial for the 1998 killings of two U.S. Capitol Police officers.

U.S. District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan ruled that Weston , a diagnosed schizophrenic, must receive anti-psychotic drugs to make him able to help in his defense. The judge said he would monitor side effects to prevent any medication from interfering with Weston's right to a fair trial.

"The court has carefully scrutinized the likely impact of the medication on Weston's fair-trial rights and, at this stage, is persuaded that Weston can be medicated without impermissibly infringing on his ability to receive a fair trial," Judge Sullivan said in his ruling.

Weston, 45, is charged with murder in the deaths of U.S. Capitol Police Officers Jacob J. Chestnut, 58, and John M. Gibson, 42, on July 24, 1998.

Weston said he said he went to the Capitol armed with a revolver to regain control of a time machine he invented.

Judge Sullivan last year found Weston incompetent to stand trial and originally ordered he be forcibly treated to determine whether he would ever be mentally competent to stand trial.

But the U.S. Court of Appeals overturned the decision and told Judge Sullivan to explore the issue further. Yesterday's order resulted from a series of hearings held after the case was sent back to Judge Sullivan. …