Psychiatrist: Triple murder suspect not competent for trial

AP News
Posted: Feb 20, 2015 5:19 PM

STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A psychiatrist has testified that a man accused of killing three people at a municipal meeting in northeastern Pennsylvania isn't competent to stand trial.

The Pocono Record ( ) reports that the psychiatrist says Rockne Newell could be competent with medication. But testimony indicates Newell refuses to take meds while in jail.

The 60-year-old is charged with fatally shooting three people and wounding a fourth at a Ross Township supervisors meeting in 2013. Police say he was upset after losing his property.

Newell appeared to sleep through part of Friday's hearing at the Monroe County courthouse in Stroudsburg.

Newell, who has lost at least 75 pounds during his incarceration, told the judge upon entering that the jail hasn't been feeding him properly.


Information from: Pocono Record,