Fairbanks judge told man not competent for trial

Posted: Sunday, July 25, 2010

FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks Superior Court judge has been told that 53-year-old Brian Galbraith, of Fairbanks, is not competent to stand trial in the 2007 killing of a mental health worker.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner says a defense expert testified Thursday that Brian Galbraith, who suffers from schizophrenia, is unable to assist his defense or give a coherent account of himself.

An expert for the prosecution is to testify at another evidentiary hearing on Aug. 26. Judge Robert Downes is to rule after that.

Galbraith faces first-degree murder and assault charges in the stabbing death of 32-year-old Genine Holznagel-Leary at a South Fairbanks mental health housing facility. His case was dismissed in 2008 when a judge ruled him not competent, but prosecutors have asked for a new ruling.

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