Judge Orders Mental Fitness Evaluation
Byline: Christy Gutowski Legal Affairs Writer email@example.com
A DuPage County judge ordered a complete mental health evaluation Thursday for a suspect in last month's triple Darien slaying.
Circuit Judge John Kinsella is allowing clinical and forensic psychologist John Murray to interview Jacob Nodarse for a fitness and sanity evaluation, which prosecutors and the defense attorney agreed is needed.
"We have an issue with fitness," Prosecutor Joseph Ruggiero said. "We believe there's a bona fide doubt."
Nodarse, the man suspected of pulling the trigger, is facing a 22-count felony indictment alleging first-degree murder, conspiracy and home invasion.
The 24-year-old Countryside man also is charged with obstructing justice for fleeing to Florida to avoid arrest. Nodarse has some history of mental instability, including a prior suicide attempt and hospitalization, but attorneys declined to elaborate.
"At his initial bond hearing, I stated I just have to shake my head at all of this and it's the same today," defense attorney Steven "Randy" Rueckert said. …