A Brooklyn, N.Y., man who is facing life is prison since being charged with stabbing two children in an elevator, denied needing a psychiatric evaluation and insists that he is innocent, the New York Daily News reports.
Daniel St. Hubert steadfastly denied needing a second mental evaluation, countering his lawyer's request.
"I'd like to refuse that, your honor; I'm fit," the 28-year-old insisted before blasting his attorney: "We never discussed that, so, what are you talking about?"
St. Hubert allegedly stabbed two small children in June 2014 in an elevator in the East New York neighborhood of the New York City borough, leaving 6-year-old P.J. Avitto dead. P.J.’s friend Mikayla Capers, 7, was seriously hurt.
According to the Daily News, an earlier exam found St. Hubert fit to stand trial. However, it is not the first time that he has needed psychiatric evaluations to determine his ability to stand trial.
In 2009 St. Hubert was charged with strangling his mother with an electrical cord. He was found unfit for trial three times, with doctors saying that he was "severely and persistently mentally ill."
St. Hubert eventually pleaded guilty to strangling his mother after being cleared by doctors and was sentenced to five years in prison. He was released May 23, 2014. A little more than a week after his release, he allegedly attacked the small children.
However, St. Hubert denies all accusations against him.
"I told you I am not guilty. I did five years already; look at me, the cuffs are indented in my hands. I sweat, I vomit. I don't deserve this. This is hell treatment; I need to be out of here," he said, adding that the judge "did not see those things" happen to the children.
The judge ended up ordering the exam and adjourning the case until October, the Daily News notes.
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