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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.

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