Attorneys ask new judge to reconsider DeSisti's competency

By Kelly McCarthy

Attorneys ask new judge to reconsider DeSisti's competency

March 14, 2013 Updated Mar 15, 2013 at 12:59 AM EDT

Towanda, PA (WBNG Binghamton) Attorneys for double murder suspect John DeSisti will try again to have him declared incompetent to stand trial in Bradford County.

A month ago, Bradford County Judge Jeffrey Smith declared DeSisti competent to stand trial, even if he suffers some form of dementia.

But now there's a new judge, and defense attorneys entered another motion to reconsider.

The 75-year old DeSisti was transported to and from the courthouse Thursday in a stretcher by ambulance, and he was pushed into the courtroom seated in a wheelchair.

DeSisti was arrested in December of 2010 for the deaths of his cousin Carol Keefe and her husband David.

They were found shot to death in 2006 at their home in Athens Township.

State attorneys say they are ready to start the trial immediately.

Lycoming County Senior Judge Kenneth Brown was appointed to preside over Thursday's hearing. But, even he may not be the judge for trial. The court has 30 days to decide who will preside.

If DeSisti is found competent by the new judge, the defense says it will be ready to schedule a trial date.

Judge Brown said Thursday he would like to see DeSisti stand trial before the end of July.