Utica man accused of killing grandmother found competent to stand trial

Anderson's attorney Kurt Schultz was not in court Monday, so another defense attorney, Luke Nebush, filled in.

Posted: Apr 8, 2019 11:25 AM
Updated: Apr 8, 2019 6:16 PM

UTICA, N.Y. -- The Utica man accused of murdering his grandmother and setting her West Street apartment on fire, in January, spoke out to the judge in court Monday.

Andre Anderson, 23, received a psychiatric exam and was found competent to stand trial, but the case is not ready to move forward.

Anderson's attorney was not in court on Monday, but another defense attorney, Luke Nebush, filled in. Anderson asked Oneida County Judge Michael Dwyer if he could speak. The judge told him not to speak without speaking to his attorney first.

“When will I be able to speak for myself?" Anderson said in court.

“After you discuss this matter with Mr. Schultz," Dwyer said. "I just don't want to say anything that's going to jeopardize your position.”

Anderson told him he would be “all right.”

Dwyer told Anderson he knows Anderson believes he is all right, but that Anderson didn't have any legal training, and that he should wait to speak with his attorney to review the paperwork from the doctors.

The case is adjourned for two weeks.

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