Schizophrenic defendant seeks competency hearing

Posted: Thursday, April 22, 2010

FAIRBANKS - A public defender is seeking another competency hearing for a schizophrenic man accused of fatally stabbing an employee at a Fairbanks mental health facility.

Public defender Michael Biderman made the request for 53-year-old Brian Galbraith at a hearing Tuesday. Biderman says he will also file pretrial motions seeking a change of venue and the sequestering of jurors.

Galbraith's competency to stand trial has been a contentious issue as the charges against him for the 2007 death of Genine Holznagel-Leary have been filed, dismissed and refiled.

Galbraith reportedly has a long-standing belief in "green and purple people."

The trial is scheduled to begin May 10.

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