Odgren ruled competent to stand trial

Doc: Teen stab suspect competent to stand trial:

John Odgren, the 15-year-old suspect in the fatal Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School stabbing of James Alenson, was ruled competent to stand trial yesterday. A psychiatrist informed the court that Odgren is competent and no longer needs to be housed in a psychiatric facility. Odgren swore at the judge when he was told that he was going back to juvenile lockup.

“(Expletive) it,” Odgren said. “(If you) send me back to Plymouth, I’m not coming back.”

Odgren’s attorney, Jonathan Shapiro, argued that Odgren’s Asperger’s puts him at risk in lock up.

Shapiro argued Odgren’s Asperger’s syndrome puts him at risk in jail because he makes ‘inappropriate comments’ to other boys. “Frankly, it’s dangerous,” Shapiro said.

Shapiro also states that Odgren is at risk for suicide and that he has, get this, amnesia of the whole stabbing incident. Isn’t that convenient? So you’re going to tell me that someone who was joking with police and offered to assist the crime scene investigators all of a sudden has amnesia of the entire event. Amnesia, it’s not just for soap operas and cartoons anymore.

Shapiro argued that Odgren should still be kept at the mental facility but the judge put a quick stop to that.

Judge Isaac Borenstein responded and said, “The very same doctor you quote said he does not need to be in the hospital.”

Well since Odgren allegedly has amnesia then he won’t remember where he is.

What a drama queen.

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