Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Rabbi Victor Koltun found competent for trial
GOSHEN — The Brooklyn rabbi charged in a murder-for-hire plot has been found competent to proceed to trial, an Orange County Court judge ruled Monday.
Victor Koltun, 43, faces first-degree murder charges in the Nov. 4, 2010, shooting deaths of former Lloyd police Officer Frank Piscopo, 49, and his 28-year-old nephew, Gerald Piscopo, of Highland. Prosecutors say Koltun masterminded the plot.
Koltun's lawyer, Paul Brite, had asked Judge Jeffrey Berry for a new psychiatric evaluation for his client in December, over Koltun's objections. Berry granted the order, Brite said.
After hearing from two doctors, who examined Koltun, a pretrial hearing was scheduled for Feb. 22.