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Hearing Set in Guaman Competency

A Worcester Superior Court judge has set a date for a hearing to determine the competency of Nicolas Guaman, who is accused in the death of Milford motorcyclist Matthew Denice.

A lengthy hearing to determine the mental competency of Nicolas Dutan Guaman will be Dec. 6 at Worcester Superior Court.

a 23-year-old who police say was struck and killed Aug. 20, 2011 as he rode his motorcycle on Congress Street.

Guaman, a citizen of Ecuador, is represented by two public defenders, including Peter Ettenberg, a Worcester criminal defense attorney who says his client is not mentally competent to stand trial.

The hearing to determine the competency of Guaman will include testimony from two doctors who submitted competency reports. One, hired by the defense attorneys, says Guaman is not competent.

Another, appointed by the court, did not reach that conclusion.

According to an order from Superior Judge James Lemire, the definition of competency is: "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.'

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 03:41 AM
Per "Justice For Matt" The mental competency hearing for Nicolas Guaman is tomorrow 1/8 at 11:00, Worcester Superior Court.

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