Fit to Stand Trial
- A Cook County jury deliberated a little more than an hour Thursday before deciding that a man charged with killing off-duty Chicago police Officer Thomas Wortham IV was mentally fit to stand trial despite his alleged amnesia.
The decision came after an unusual three-day hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court Building. Attorneys for Marcus Floyd had asked that a jury decide an issue usually reserved for a judge.
Judge Timothy Joyce set Floyd's trial for Oct. 13.
Floyd, who was severely wounded in a shootout with Wortham and the officer's father, suffered "retrograde amnesia" when his brain was deprived of oxygen after losing massive amounts of blood, his attorneys contended. He also suffered two heart attacks and spent a week in a coma.
Too bad we can't enforce a "retrograde abortion" on this waste of protoplasm.
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