People v. Stahl

Illinois Supreme Court
Criminal Court
Case Number: 
2014 IL 115804
Decision Date: 
May 22, 2014
5th Dist.
St. Clair Co.
Appellate court affirmed.
Defendant was charged with home invasion and aggravated unlawful restraint after breaking into home of his estranged wife. Defendant later shot himself and suffered brain damage from self-inflicted gunshot wound. Court must consider totality of circumstances to determine whether a defendant is fit to stand trial. Three psychiatric experts concluded that Defendant had no recollection of events leading to charges against him, or of what occurred up to 48 hours prior to those events, and two concluded that his short-term memory was substantially impaired and would affect his ability to assist in his own defense. Thus, based on totality of circumstances, court's finding that Defendant remained unfit to stand trial was not against manifest weight of evidence. (GARMAN, FREEMAN, THOMAS, KILBRIDE, BURKE, and THEIS, concurring.)