Judge: Convicted Killer May Not Represent Himself

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) _ A state judge has ruled that a convicted triple killer cannot represent himself during an upcoming penalty phase to determine whether he should get the death penalty.

The Connecticut Post reports that Judge Robert Devlin Jr. in Bridgeport rejected 47-year-old Richard Roszkowski’s request on Wednesday. Devlin said Roszkowski doesn’t have the ability to defend himself because of his mental illness, even though Roszkowski has been deemed competent to stand trial.

Roszkowski’s public defender says he plans to bring the case to the state Supreme Court, because there’s a question of whether Roszkowski is eligible for the death penalty. The state abolished capital punishment for all future crimes earlier this year.

Roszkowski fatally shot 39-year-old Holly Flannery, her 9-year-old daughter Kylie and 38-year-old Thomas Gaudet in Bridgeport in 2006.

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Information from: Connecticut Post, http://www.connpost.com

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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