Judge orders new psychiatric testing for suspect in southwestern Ill.’s pastor killing

| May 12, 2011

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. — A man accused of gunning down a pastor during a Sunday sermon two years ago as the congregation watched in horror was ordered Tuesday to undergo new psychiatric testing meant to determine if he's still mentally unfit to stand trial for murder.

Madison County Circuit Judge Richard Tognarelli signed the request by prosecutors to have Terry Sadlacek re-examined to again assess his competency to be tried on a first-degree murder charge in Fred Winters' March 2009 death after the gunfire at First Baptist Church in Maryville.

Sedlacek, who did not attend Tuesday's hearing, has been in the custody of the Illinois Department of Human Services in nearby Alton since Tognarelli in October 2009 declared him mentally unfit for trial. At that time, prosecutors and public defenders agreed that a psychologist would testify that Sedlacek is a schizophrenic likely to provide his attorneys with inaccurate or illogical explanations for his behavior.



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