EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Madison County prosecutors have appealed a ruling that a man accused of gunning down a southwestern Illinois pastor is mentally unfit to stand trial.
Circuit Judge Richard Tognarelli decided Feb. 10 that Terry Sedlacek is still not fit to face first-degree murder charges in court and likely will not be in the coming year.
Sedlacek is accused of fatally shooting the Rev. Fred Winters during a March 2009 church service. He is confined to mental health treatment.
State's Attorney Tom Gibbons says the ruling "sets a bad precedent" about how such cases should be handled. Gibbons says Winters' family supports the decision to appeal.
The Belleville News-Democrat reports ( ) that prosecutors are also challenging the judge's order that a psychological evaluation of Sedlacek must be recorded.
Information from: Belleville News-Democrat, http://www.bnd.com