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TIME GRANTED FOR MENTAL TESTING

City Judge Shirley Troutman ruled Wednesday that psychiatrists can have the 30 days they say they need to determine the competency of Vincent J. DiPasquale, the man accused of last week's hatchet attack on a School Board member.

Meanwhile, Assistant District Attorney Carol G. Bridge told the court, the case will be presented next week to an Erie County grand jury. But defense lawyers indicated they may ask a higher court to delay the grand jury proceeding.

DiPasquale, 56, of Merrimac Street, is charged with assault and possession of a weapon in connection with an attack July 15 in City Hall on Buffalo School Board member Anthony J. Luppino. The defendant, who attended Wednesday's court proceeding, has been undergoing psychiatric evaluation at Erie County Medical Center since last Friday.

Dr. Joseph Liebergall, director of the Erie County Forensic Mental Health Services, requested the 30-day period of examination.

He told the court that because DiPasquale suffers "acute agitation" psychiatrists need to observe him over a period of time to determine to his "overall competency."

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