WILTON, Conn. The competency of Aaron Ramsey, 22, to stand trial in the beating death of his 73-year-old father in their Wilton home is still under question, his defense attorney said during a court hearing in Stamford on Friday.
Ramsey is currently being held in Garner Correctional Institution in Newtown in the May 3 death of Edward Ramsey, who, according to police reports, was beaten and stabbed.
In the arrest warrant, Ramsey was quoted saying voices told him aliens were out to get him. The warrant also said Ramsey was told by the voices that his father had magic powers and can heal himself."
For the brief moment that Ramsey was in the courtroom, Judge James Comerford was asked to postpone the hearing a second time until the forensic evalution of Ramseys competency could be completed. Ramseys lawyer, Howard Ehring, told the judge and prosecutor that a hard copy of the evaluation would be completed for the next hearing on June 22.
The competency evaluation is being done by the Office of Forensic Evaluations and is two pronged, Ehring said. First, it must be determined that Ramsey understands the charges against him. He does, Ehring said. Second, he must be able to assist counsel in his own defense. Therein lies the question, Ehring said following the hearing.
If Ramsey is found to be incompetent he will be put in the Connecticut Valley Hospital, a state-owned hospital in Middletown for the treatment of mental illness. If he is found competent, there are several directions the case could go in. Ehring said he was not willing to discuss those directions at this time.
Wilton Police Chief Michael Lombardo told the Wilton Daily Voice that the investigation is still ongoing even though the case has gone to the courts. The department is still waiting to hear back from the medical examiner.
Friends of the Ramsey family were present in the Stamford courtroom but declined to comment. The Ramsey family was unavailable.
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