In less than a month, further details should come out about the February 2010 murders of John and Carolyn Tarwacki at their home near Niles.
About two months ago, 28 year old Keith Lintz was arrested and charged with the crimes—although we still don't know why. The legal proceedings against Lintz became somewhat sidetracked.
“The report had indicated that Mr. Lintz is competent to stand trial and the court simply adopted those findings,” said Cass County Prosecutor Victory Fitz.
When the competency issue was first raised at a court hearing last month, Lintz sat motionless, with his head down, staring at the defense table.
At a court hearing today, Lintz appeared alert, engaged and attentive, as the competency ‘verdict’ of a forensic psychiatrist was discussed.
“Competency is an indication that the defendant is able to assist his attorney in dealing with the process of the court proceedings, insanity is a claim that at the time of the incident that he was legally insane,” said Victor Fitz. The request here only made a request for competency.
Now, it’s on to the next step—the prosecution will have to present evidence to show that the charges are legitimate—during a preliminary hearing.
Today the judge set aside two days for the testimony (Jan. 22nd and 23rd). “Anytime you’re dealing with a homicide charge, a first degree murder charge, there’s a necessity for sufficient evidence and we want to make sure we have enough time to present the witnesses to the court,” said Fitz.