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Resource ID: #14244
Subject: Law
Source: WTNH-TV (New Haven, Conn.)
Date: 1997-12-17



"A four-month U-Team investigation discovered a legal loophole that allowed an accused killer to go free and raised questions about how defendants are evaluated from competency to stand trial. Ten years ago, a young man named Kenneth Curtis shot his estranged girlfriend to death and then shot himself in the head. He was charged with murder, but the court determined that due to the severity of his brain injury, he was incompetent to stand trial and unlikely ever to regain competency. As a result, Curtis was granted an unconditional release. But the U-Team found that two years after being released, Curtis was on the Dean's List at a local college. He then transferred to another college, where the U-Team found him pursuing a pre-med degree with plans to become a psychiatrist. The investigation also discovered that taxpayers were funding Curtis' education and that it was a loophole in the law that ultimately allowed this accused killer to go free."

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