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A man accused of beating and strangling his father three years ago in the victim’s South Buffalo home will continue to be held at a state psychiatric center for up to two years after a judge ruled Thursday that he is still not competent to stand trial because of mental illness.

Brian Rossel, 52, has been at the psychiatric center since October 2011 undergoing treatment for schizophrenia.

He was arrested July 8, 2011 on murder charges in the March 28, 2011 slaying of his 84-year-old father, Donald J. Rossel, in the elder Rossel’s home on Susan Lane.

State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia initially ruled on Oct. 19, 2011 that the defendant was mentally incapacitated and should be committed for up to a year.

The judge held a hearing Thursday on the state’s petition for an order to continue Rossel’s detention at the psychiatric center after a psychiatrist who is treating him testified that he is still mentally incapacitated and lacks the capacity to understand the charges against him or assist his attorney in his defense.

Rossel is undergoing competency restoration treatment and will continue to be held at the psychiatric center for up to two years. If at the end of that period he is still not competent to stand trial, the judge will hold another hearing.

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