Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Accused Killer of Russian Priest Unfit for Trial; Sergei Pchelintsev Suffered from Hallucinations

A man suspected of murdering a Russian Orthodox priest has been ruled mentally unfit to stand trial, the RIA Novosti (Russian) website reports today (November 20, 2013).

Pavel Adelgeim -- who was 75 when he was killed -- was found with stab wounds to his chest in early August at his home in the northwestern city of Pskov.

Police shortly afterward arrested 27-year-old Moscow film school graduate, Sergei Pchelintsev, who had been staying at Adelgeim's home.

Investigators say they believe Pchelintsev was suffering from hallucinations and that he behaved oddly after being detained. Police said he wounded himself with a knife after his arrest and said he had been ordered to kill Adelgeim by the devil.

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