Accused daddy killer Thomas Gilbert Jr. refused to attend his homicide trial Wednesday for the second day in a row.
The trial was delayed a half-hour whereas Gilbert’s lawyer, Arnold Levine, visited him in a holding cell and tried to influence him to return to the courtroom.
“He declined and knowledgeable me that he wasn’t going to return again anymore,” Levine reported to the choose.
Gilbert, 34, faces a high cost of second-degree homicide for capturing his dad, Thomas Gilbert Sr., within the head on Jan. 4, 2015, after his weekly allowance was slashed by $100.
The once-handsome, 6-foot-Four Princeton graduate has deteriorated in jail and seems gaunt, pale and withdrawn.
Throughout the first 4 days of testimony, Gilbert alternated between barking out convoluted authorized phrases and rocking softly in his chair along with his eyes closed and his head bowed.
On Monday, his outbursts turned so frequent and disruptive, Justice Mellissa Jackson ordered his removing from the courtroom — however allowed him to return after he assured her he’d behave.
Gilbert’s lawyer has mounted an madness protection, arguing that his shopper has a protracted historical past of psychological sickness, together with diagnoses of schizophrenia and bipolar dysfunction, and wasn’t performing rationally when he pulled the set off.
Assistant DA Craig Ortner has conceded that Gilbert suffers from psychological sickness however stated the defendant understood that what he was doing was mistaken when he shot his father with a .40-caliber Glock and fled.