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Berkowitz / Competency Hearings #46243

ABC Evening News for Friday, Oct 21, 1977
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(Studio) New York City judge finds accused Son of Sam murderer, David Berkowitz, mentally competent to stand trial.
REPORTER: Tom Jarriel

(NYC) Berkowitz was arrested on August 11; underwent psychiatric examinations, after psychiatrist pronounced him unfit to stand trial. However, Brooklyn district attorney objected, so hearing on Berkowitz' competency is held; arguments are heard by Judge John Starkey. Details of hearing noted, include Berkowitz' claims to be possessed by demons. (Audio tape of Berkowitz' own explanations played.) [BERKOWITZ - didn't hate victims; says Sam did it through him by tormenting him till he killed.] Starkey rules Berkowitz competent, saying he doesn't know if story of demons is hallucination or contrived. This ruling applies only to last of slayings; other hearings on Berkowitz' competency may follow, possibly with other trials.
REPORTER: Bill Stewart (WABC-TV newsfilm) Artist: Marilyn Church

Jarriel, Tom;
Stewart, Bill

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