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Elma father deemed unable to stand trial in son's shooting

An Elma man accused of shooting and injuring his adult son during an argument in October has been deemed unable to understand the charges against him.

Thomas Manuszewski, 78, was indicted on charges of attempted murder and assault in the first degree. He appeared for arraignment in State Supreme Court Tuesday morning, but Assistant District Attorney Sara Dee informed the judge that two forensic psychologists who examined Manuszewski determined that he lacked the capacity to understand or participate in his case.

Manuszewski is accused of shooting his 39-year-old son in the chest Oct. 26 during what police called a domestic dispute in his Clinton Street home. The son has since recovered, according to Manuszewski's attorney.

Since his examinations, Manuszewski has been receiving treatment at the secure Rochester Regional Forensic Unit. Justice Russell P. Buscaglia noted that he had a letter from that facility confirming the defendant's mental status.

Buscaglia ruled that Manuszewski be considered an incapacitated person, that he continue to receive treatment and that the order be reconsidered in one year's time.

 

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