Monday, December 19, 2011

Five-year-old son "disappeared" during dad's visitation back in 2008; shrink argues that dad incompetent to stand trial (Lynn, Massachusetts)

We've been following this case for years now. Off the record, dad ERNESTO GONZALEZ has confessed to killing his son during his visitation time. But the body has never been found. It's not like we don't know this guy is violent (he assaulted another guy in jail). But a shrink is arguing that he's incompetent to stand trial. Right....

December 17, 2011

Lynn father's competency in question

By Julie Manganis
Staff writer The Salem News Sat Dec 17, 2011, 04:06 AM EST

SALEM —The Lynn father who is charged with misleading investigators about his missing son, last seen more than three years ago, refused yesterday to talk to a court staff psychologist.

Ernesto Gonzalez, 39, was in Salem District Court in a separate case stemming from a violent and unprovoked attack on a cellmate at Middleton Jail in October, an assault that left the other inmate with severe eye damage.

Despite a notation on the court docket indicating that he had previously been arraigned, that proceeding had not taken place, after Gonzalez's new attorney raised concerns about his competency.

A court psychologist had been set to meet with the suspect yesterday morning, but after Gonzalez refused to speak to him, his lawyer asked to postpone the arraignment again.

Judge Sabita Singh denied the request and arraigned Gonzalez.

Defense lawyer Russell Sobelman said that on Thursday Gonzalez did sit down for two hours with a defense-hired psychologist, Dr. Robert Joss, who concluded that he is not competent to stand trial in either the Lynn or Middleton Jail cases.

During a hearing earlier this month in Salem Superior Court in the case involving his son, Gonzalez yelled out, "I want to plead guilty," before being led out of the courtroom.

Gonzalez was the last person seen with 5-year-old Giovanni, his son with Daisy Colon, during a weekend visitation at his Lynn apartment in August 2008.