Judge to decide if man competent to stand trial

Posted: Thursday, September 16, 2010

FAIRBANKS - A judge will decide if a mentally ill man is competent to stand trial for murder.

Fifty-three-year-old Brian Galbraith is charged in the 2007 stabbing death of a 32-year-old mental health worker at a South Fairbanks mental health housing facility.

The case has been working its way through the Alaskan court system for more than three years.

A Fairbanks judge will decide next week if Galbraith, who is a paranoid schizophrenic, is competent to stand trial in the death of Genine Holznagel-Leary.

Public defender Michael Biderman says if the case goes to trial he will present an insanity defense.

Galbraith remains incarcerated at the Fairbanks Correctional Center.

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