Exam results awaited

Filippi motions delayed

March 11, 2003|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Motions in a murder case against a Columbia banker accused in the stranglings of his two preschool-age daughters were delayed yesterday after lawyers said they were still waiting for the results of a psychiatric examination.

Robert Emmett Filippi, 44, entered a plea in January of not criminally responsible, saying he was insane when he allegedly killed Nicole Filippi, 4, and her 2-year-old sister, Lindsey, in June.

A court-ordered evaluation by a psychiatrist at the Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center has not been completed, Filippi's lawyer, James B. Kraft, told Howard Circuit Judge Dennis M. Sweeney during a hearing yesterday.

The case was continued to April 10 and is scheduled for trial May 12. Prosecutors have said they plan to seek the death penalty.

Filippi, who appeared at the hearing in leg irons and a gray prison jump suit, was visibly upset throughout. He is being held at the Howard County Detention Center.

Officers called to Filippi's house in the 10800 block of Harmel Drive on June 9 found the girls with rope around their necks in an upstairs bedroom.

Filippi was sitting at the kitchen table with rope marks on his neck and tiny hemorrhages all over his scalp - both signs that he attempted suicide, according to authorities - when officers arrived, prosecutors said at a June bail hearing.

The girls were later pronounced dead at Howard County General Hospital.

Filippi was in the midst of a divorce from the girls' mother, Naoko Nakajima, at the time of their deaths. Lawyers have said he feared she would take their daughters back to her native Japan. Nakajima has since been granted a divorce from Filippi.

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