Penske murder trial is delayed: Suspect deemed unfit to appear at court date
by Rachel Miller
May 26, 2013 12:02 AM | 5693 views | 3 3 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jesse James Warren
Jesse James Warren
MARIETTA — The murder trial in the January 2010 Hertz Penske Truck Rental shooting will be further delayed after a preliminary evaluation of suspect Jesse James Warren, 63, declared him unfit for Tuesday’s scheduled court date.

A medical evaluation indicated Warren is incompetent at this time, and on May 9, Judge Mary Staley directed the sheriff’s office to transport Warren to the Georgia Regional Hospital in Atlanta for further psychological observation, according to the Cobb County District Attorney’s Office.

Assistant District Attorney Jesse Evans said the decision was not a final ruling on the motions filed March 4 by Warren’s lawyers for pleas of incompetency and insanity.

“There has not been a definitive finding one way or another,” Evans said.

Evans added that the next step is a round of inpatient evaluation and treatment, and that there is no time frame on when a doctor’s assessment will be completed.

Warren is accused of shooting five people at Hertz Penske Truck Rental in Kennesaw, where he allegedly opened fire inside the facility just before 2 p.m. on Jan. 12, 2010.

Jaider Felipe Marulanda, 43, of Lawrenceville; Robert Gonzalez, 31, of Dallas; and Van Springer, 59, of Woodstock were killed in the shootings. Two others — Joshua Holbrook of Cartersville and Zachariah Werner of Marietta — were injured.

Warren faces 16 counts of murder, aggravated assault, aggravated battery and possession of a firearm in a death penalty trial with the Cobb County Superior Court.

In March, Evans said it has taken more than three years to bring the case to trial because of the 100 motions that are routinely submitted when dealing with a death penalty case.

Evans added that the further delay this month is part of the process and he has to be patient.

“Hopefully, in the very near future we will be able to go forward with the case and get it completed,” Evans said.

There is no trial date scheduled at this time, according to the Cobb County District Attorney’s Office.
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daddy's girl
June 10, 2013
I want to state that my father's name was Van Springer not Vance...may not matter to anyone but me, but get it right please. Absurd it takes this long to bring justice to all the families involved. Everyone knows he did it. We just want closure.
December 08, 2013
I wish it would all just be over already.
Just Wait
May 26, 2013
We knew he was crazy, we just hoped he was sane.
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