Judge Declares Alleged Killer Nanny Yoselyn Ortega Fit To Stand Trial
A New York City judge has decided that the nanny accused of slashing two Upper West Side children to death is fit to stand trial, but it won’t happen quite yet because her lawyer is challenging the ruling.
Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Gregory Carro announced that after a pair of court-appointed psychiatrists examined Yoselyn Ortega multiple times and reviewed "the rather voluminous medical records" in the case, they both found her sane.
The court psychiatrists also decided that Ortega was able to understand the charges against her and assist in her own defense, according to New York Post.
"I'm moving to controvert," Ortega’s lawyer, Valerie Van Leer-Greenberg, told Judge Carro after hearing the decision.
"You want two weeks to review?" asked Carro.
"Actually, a little longer, judge," said Leer-Greenberg.
Since the defense is challenging the finding, both sides will have a chance to submit papers to Carro. The judge could conduct an open-court hearing, or he could rule immediately. Depending on what he does, the process could take months.
Ortega is accused of murdering two children who were in her care back in October. The reasons for the killings are unclear. It is expected that her lawyer will try to use an insanity defense should the case proceed to trial. May 6 is Ortega's next court date.