Conwell found unfit to stand trial

Charged with murder of his grandmother and uncle in RI on Mother's Day

A Rock Island man was found unfit to stand trial, a judge ruled Tuesday during a hearing at the Rock Island County Justice Center.

John Patrick Conwell was charged with the murder of his grandmother and uncle in Rock Island on Mother's Day.

A psychologist evaluated Conwell and determined he doesn't understand the process involved with taking him to trial.

Conwell will be transferred to a Department of Human Services facility in Chester, Illinois, to get treatment and medication. The maximum-security facility has psychologists and doctors on staff. Conwell has one year to try and regain fitness to stand trial.

If doctors determine he cannot be treated with medication or counseling, a separate evaluation will be done to determine whether he is considered to be "insane" or unfit to stand trial for life.

His status will be updated in 30 days and 90 days.
 


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