LACONIA – A former Laconia man who choked to death one of his roommates in a non 24-hour supervised group home on McGrath St. is mentally unfit to stand trial at this time, ruled Belknap County Superior Court Judge James O'Neill earlier this month.
O'Neill agreed with a motion made by Attorney General Joseph Foster who said that a second evaluation conducted by psychiatrist Dr. Albert Durkteinis in November of 2014 determined Riley could be "partially restorable with medication and treatment and the state's secure psychiatric unit."
A second evaluation was conducted by Drukteinis on Nov. 15, 2015, and he determined Riley "remains not competent to stand trial and that he is not restorable."
Kasey Riley, who was 19 during the June 2013 homicide, allegedly choked Zachary March to death during an altercation they were having over something Riley was watching on his cell phone.
After an investigation by Laconia Police and detectives from the state Division of Major Crimes, Riley was charged with alternative counts of second-degree murder.
Foster requested the court make a finding that the case against him is dismissed without prejudice – meaning the parties can still litigate the matter in the future should something change for the positive with Riley's mental health.
Drukteinis requested the court determine that Riley "'continues to demonstrate that he suffers with a mental condition as a result of mental illness as to create a potentially serious likelihood of danger to himself and others.'"
O'Neill agreed that Riley would remain "in custody for a reasonable amount of time not to exceed 90 days, to be evaluated for the appropriateness of involuntary treated [pursuant to state law.]'"
Riley is further ordered to to submit to examinations by physicians, psychiatrists, or psychologists designated by the state for determining the appropriateness of and completing the certificate for involuntary commitment.
O'Neill agreed the competency notes will be provided to the secure facility.
About five days before the homicide, family members said Riley had gone on his own accord to the Lakes Region General Hospital and was transferred to a psychiatric hospital for observation. He was allegedly released after one day and sent to live in the group home on McGrath Street. Prior to this, Riley had an apartment on Academy Street.
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