Man found competent to stand trial

Defendant is accused of killing dental student

January 11, 2001|By Caitlin Francke | Caitlin Francke,SUN STAFF

A schizophrenic man accused of killing a dental student in May has been found competent to stand trial, a Baltimore judge said yesterday.

David Edward Terry, 38, was evaluated by the court's medical officer Jan. 9 and deemed able to assist in his defense, said Circuit Judge Albert J. Matricciani Jr. The evaluation followed a request by the prosecution to ensure that Terry was competent to be tried.

Terry is to stand trial Tuesday on charges he fatally stabbed Christian W. Ludwig, 26. Ludwig, who was to graduate from University of Maryland Dental School the week he was attacked, was trying to recover a friend's stolen purse when he was stabbed in the heart.

Prosecutor Kevin B. Urich asked that Terry be evaluated over the objections of Terry's lawyer, Assistant Public Defender Charles H. Dorsey.

Terry, a paranoid schizophrenic, is taking medication, including Haldol, an anti-psychotic medicine used to treat hallucinations.

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