Man to act as own lawyer in Yale doctor killing

AP News
Posted: Dec 15, 2011 9:59 AM
Man to act as own lawyer in Yale doctor killing

A Connecticut judge says a former physician charged with killing a Yale University doctor can act as his own lawyer at trial.

Superior Court Judge Roland Fasano on Wednesday approved 45-year-old Lishan Wang's request to represent himself, but also appointed a public defender to be on standby if Wang needs legal advice.

Wang is charged with murder and attempted murder for allegedly killing Dr. Vajinder (vah-JIN'-der) Toor and shooting at Toor's pregnant wife outside their Branford home last year. Toor's wife wasn't injured.

Police say the shooting apparently stemmed from a dispute the two men had while working together at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in New York.

Wang initially was ruled incompetent, but was later deemed competent after receiving psychiatric treatment.

A pre-trial hearing is set for Jan. 10.