On January 7th a visibly agitated Andy Esquivel walked into court and faced Judge Connors after the first of two psychiatrists found him mentally incompetent to stand trial. According to the audio transcript which we acquired from the court, the first psychiatrist found that Andy suffers from delusions and is bi-polar. Andy’s defense attorney stated that a second mental evaluation will more than likely find the same, so the trial needs to be postponed until Andy can receive the medication (and possibly hospitalization) he needs.
The prosecutor protested the fact that Andy can’t seem to get himself together enough to meet with the second psychiatrist pointing out that Andy’s obstructive behavior has caused this case to drag on for a seeming eternity. He pointed out that the first pre-trial was more than two years ago and that Andy’s behavior has been going on for more than five years now. The prosecutor requested that the court incarcerate Andy to keep him from continuing to be a hindrance to the case.
Judge Connors agreed with the prosecutor, but before sending Andy off to jail allowed Andy one more chance to explain himself. Andy took the opportunity to launch into a lunatic rant in which he claimed he was not insane, that eh would not take misdemeanors, that he’s been called a liar in front of the whole world (as if anybody other than his victims and Alan Brady are actually paying attention to this trial), that he has some assorted motions that he swears he filed, blah, blah, blah… none of this impressed the judge at all, and when Andy said “I’ll go to jail right now to prove (something)”, Judge Connors only replied “Well, I’ll give you that opportunity in a minute.” While being hauled off to jail, ANdy continued ranting “I want protective custody! I’ve been threatened in this jail! Blah, blah, blah…” I was half expecting him to spout out that he was Napoleon or something.
Today was Andy’s pre-trial to discuss the results of the second mental evaluation in jail. Andy remains in custody, so I doubt the results were helpful to Andy’s case. As always, I’ll keep you all posted on what happens.
An audio transcript of the January 7th hearing can be found here: [AUDIO]