Cal Twp. man declared fit to stand trial in mother's death

2013-08-29T20:00:00Z 2013-08-30T06:45:04Z Cal Twp. man declared fit to stand trial in mother's deathTimes Staff nwitimes.com
August 29, 2013 8:00 pm  • 

CROWN POINT | A Calumet Township man's murder trial will go forward now that two mental health evaluations have found him competent.

In a brief hearing Thursday, Lake Criminal Court Judge Thomas Stefaniak Jr. accepted the results of the evaluations finding George Knezevic, 62, able to stand trial.

Knezevic was freed last week after spending 23 days in the Lake County Jail for making threatening remarks. At that hearing Stefaniak determined there wasn't clear and convincing evidence Knezevic was a threat to society.

Knezevic has been consistent in maintaining his innocence and in rejecting a plea agreement offered by prosecutors that could have reduced his potential prison time from 65 years — if convicted of murder — to eight years if he pleaded guilty to a lesser felony count.

Knezevic is scheduled to stand trial the week of Oct. 7 on charges of neglect, battery and murder in the death of his 94-year-old mother, Ljubica Knezevic. He is accused of attacking her Oct. 13, 2010, at their home in the 4700 block of Buchanan Street, just west of Gary's city limits. She died three days later.

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