Will DeSisti Stand Trial?

By Kelly McCarthy

October 2, 2012 Updated Oct 3, 2012 at 9:30 AM EST

Towanda, PA (WBNG Binghamton) A judge will rule whether a Waverly man charged with murdering his cousin and her husband is in Bradford County Court is fit to stand trial

John DeSisti, 75, was arrested in December of 2010 for the deaths of David and Carol Keeffe.

Since then a trial has been repeatedly postponed and the latest reason is questions of DeSisti's competency.

He is charged with two counts murder and one count burglary.

Defense attorney Arthur Donato argues that the accused suffers from Alzheimer's and dementia, leaving him withdrawn and incapable to understand the charges against him.

In court on Tuesday expert witnesses shared their reports in front of President Judge Jeffrey Smith.

The Waverly man recently underwent a forensic evaluation by court order where geriatric psychiatrists found him incompetent.

Multiple doctors took the stand to share their reports on DeSisti's ailing health and testified that he doesn't fully understand the charges against him and will not be able to help his lawyer during a trial.

The prosecution argues that many of the symptoms associated with dementia and depression are also side effects of the medications given to DeSisti.

Commonwealth Attorney General Joseph McGettigan raised the question if DeSisti could be faking these symptoms.

The hearing will continue Wednesday, where Judge Smith has the power to decide if DeSisti will take the stand.

If ruled competent, a trial is scheduled for April.