Jury: Moore fit to stand trial in 3 murder cases
By Erika Wurst firstname.lastname@example.org October 31, 2013 3:12PM
Updated: November 1, 2013 9:38AM
The prosecution of accused murderer Quentin Moore will move forward, after Kane County jurors found him fit this week to stand trial in three cold-case killings.
A jury deliberated for about three hours on Wednesday before ruling the 32-year-old competent enough to stand trial for his alleged crimes.
Moore’s mental state had been called into question on several occasions since 2008, after he was charged with the 2001 shooting deaths of Larry Postelwaite and Sharon Paulette in Aurora, and the alleged beating death of Jorge Caro. He is already serving a 23-year-sentence for attempted murder.
Several doctors appointed by both the state and Moore’s defense testified during Moore’s three-day fitness trial this week to having varying opinions about whether Moore is capable of understanding what is going on around him during his court proceedings, and whether or not he can competently assist in his own defense.
Some doctors testified that Moore suffers from a delusional disorder, which made him unfit to stand trial. Others believed the accused murderer was “malingering” — or faking symptoms of psychosis — to avoid his potential fate. A judge left it up to jurors to decide.
Defense attorney Herbert Hill tried to paint Moore as a mentally ill man, who believed the court system was out to get him. Hill said Moore hears voices, believes he is being watched, and that a conspiracy exists between the prosecutors and the judge. Moore has told doctors that he believes implants have been placed in his teeth that help people read his mind, and that jurors are all FBI informants.
But, these symptoms were countered by board certified psychiatrist Dr. Alexander Obolsky, who said he believed Moore to be faking these delusions.
Obolsky said that Moore’s alleged symptoms do not fall into any certain psychological diagnosis. Instead, he diagnosed Moore with anti-social personality disorder, which would explain Moore’s behavior, but not make him unaware of what was happening around him.
Moore was out of the courtroom during a good portion of the fitness trail after he refused to remain quiet at the defense table. He was warned to quiet down several times by Judge Susan Boles before she ordered him back into the lock-up. From there, Moore could hear the proceedings, but was unable to see what was happening in the courtroom.
Despite his sometimes erratic behavior, jurors decided they believed Moore to be sane enough to proceed with trial. Obolsky testified that Moore clearly understood the roles of everyone in the court room, that he had assisted his attorney in his own defense, and even filed motions on his own behalf. He said that because of these observations, Moore should be found fit to stand trial for his crimes.
On Thursday, a trial date of March 3 was set in the case of Jorge Caro. These are charges Moore was about to face in 2008 when his fitness was first called into question. An evaluation by the Kane County Diagnostic Center deemed Moore fit, but that was short lived. As jury selection began in the Caro trial, Moore attacked his attorney, and his fitness was again called into question. Afterward, Hill began representing Moore, and requested another mental exam for his client.