Attorney Calls for DeSisti's Release
TOWANDA, Pa. (AP) - The attorney representing an elderly man accused of having killed two people over a land dispute in northern Pennsylvania six years ago is seeking his client's release from prison.
The Towanda Daily Review says defense attorney Arthur Donato Jr. also says involuntary commitment doesn't apply to 76-year-old John DeSisti of Waverly.
DeSisti is charged in Bradford County in the shotgun slayings of his cousin, 60-year-old Carol Keeffe, and her 56-year-old husband, prominent Sayre attorney David Keeffe, in Athens Township in November 2006.
Donato has said his client's declining mental condition makes him incompetent for trial. His Aug. 12 motion argues that DeSisti is unlikely to recover and should be released from prison, but isn't a candidate for involuntary commitment because he doesn't pose a clear and present danger.