Friday, February 19, 2010

More Information Comes Out On Death At Princeton Psychiatric

More information is coming out very slowly about the murder at Princeton Psychiatric Hospital on February 11. Remember Neil Young wrote 'There's more to the picture than meets the eye", and this story is just developing. It's just big news around this neck of the woods because really, Princeton hasn't changed all that much in almost a century when Hemingway wrote Robert Cohen went to Princeton and Fitzgerald went drunk into the fountain with Zelda.

According to Friday February 19, 2010 Trentonian,

The teen accused of murdering his 69-year-old roommate had sex with the old man first and killed him in a fit of guilt after reading the Bible, according to prosecutors.

Bail was maintained at $500,000 yesterday and a psychiatric evaluation was ordered in Mercer Court for Michael Leal, 18, charged with beating and pen-stabbing his Princeton House bunkmate James Dunlavy on Feb. 11.

Assistant Prosecutor Brian McCauley told Judge Pedro Jiminez at the bail hearing that after the two roommates in the involuntary psychiatric commitment unit had consensual sex, the elderly man fell asleep and Leal started reading the Bible.

"Then he had second thoughts and felt guilty about what had happened,” said Casey DeBlasio, spokesperson for the Mercer County prosecutor’s office.

Leal then allegedly stabbed the victim with a pen several times and beat him in the head with his fists, knees and feet.

Staff at Princeton House saw Leal walking around with bloody clothes, followed him back to his room and discovered the victim on the floor of the room unresponsive, DeBlasio said.


Mama Zen said...

How horrible!

susan said...

Yes, it was. I love your avatar, Mama Zen. It's lovely!

Mike Golch said...

This is a sad state of affairs.why such a young person with and older peorsn??

susan said...

Mike, the first time I was in this place, I was 22, and my "roomate" was a woman in her 70s. The last time I was there I had two separate roomates- one was about 30 years older than me, and the other was about 10 years younger than me. I think it's just a matter of putting someone in where the bed is.....

JourneyBeyondSurvival said...

When I was in the hospital, a man came in sky high on something. Nobody could contain him. All the nobodies couldn't contain him. Men and women were on the same hall. All I could think was, this guy's gonna hurt somebody and I can't get out!

He calmed down the next morning, but was jumpy. I don't recall feeling so helpless anywhere else. Except maybe as a child.

susan said...

I have been hospitalized five times. Unless I have a baby, or my appendix bursts, I never want to go to a hospital again. I think this is helping to ground me.

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