Guaman Competency Hearing Rescheduled

A competency hearing for Nicolas Dutan Guaman has been continued to Jan. 8, 2013.

Scheduling conflicts at Worcester Superior Court have prompted another delay in the competency hearing for Nicolas Dutan Guaman.

Guaman is charged in the 2011 death of Milford resident Matthew Denice. Guaman faces charges including second-degree murder, manslaughter while driving a motor vehicle, motor vehicle homicide and leaving the scene after a collision causing death.

His competency to stand trial has been questioned by a medical expert hired by his attorneys, Peter Ettenberg and Stuart Hurowitz.

The medical expert hired by defense attorneys has found Guaman is not competent, and turned in a report describing that finding. Another medical expert, appointed by the court, did not find him not competent, according to attorneys.

Superior Judge James Lemire has ordered a competency hearing, in which experts will testify as to whether Guaman, a 35-year-old laborer, understands the case against him, and meets other criteria for competency. The hearing initially was scheduled on Oct. 25, but has been delayed twice.

According to an order from Lemire, the legal threshold is this: "whether he has sufficient present ability to consult with his lawyer with a reasonable degree of rational understanding — and whether he has a rational as well as factual understanding of the proceedings against him.'

John Gill December 07, 2012 at 04:56 PM
this about time come get life
Carolyn Kahn December 10, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Ok...if he has been competent enough to hold a skilled labor job & care for his family, he should be competent enough to stand trial for his crimes.
Kathy January 07, 2013 at 09:13 PM
The Competancy Hearing for Nicholas Guaman is scheduled for Worcester District Courthouse, 225 Main Street, Worcester, MA for tomorrow, Jan. 8th, 2013. It will be heard in Superior Court, at 9 a.m., 3rd Floor, Room 18. On street metered parking, or in public (possible fee) lots and garages nearby. Attend, if your schedule permits, to support the family and friends of Matt Denice.
Kathy January 08, 2013 at 03:26 AM
Per "Justice For Matt" The mental competency hearing for Nicolas Guaman is tomorrow 1/8 at 11:00, Worcester Superior Court.
imokay January 08, 2013 at 03:45 AM
They need to find him competent and get on with the trial so we can all celebrate when he FINALLY gets what is coming to him which is life in prison and he can sit and rot in there all alone after they send his scumbag family back to where they came from


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