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No Determination Yet On Weymouth Teen's Competency

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Although he’s been undergoing psychiatric evaluation for the past six weeks, doctors have not determined if the Weymouth teen charged in last month’s horrific triple murder is competent to stand trial.

Donald Rudolph, 18, right, stands with his attorney, John Darrell, during his arraignment in Quincy District Court on three counts of murder on Nov. 14. (AP)
Donald Rudolph, 18, right, stands with his attorney, John Darrell, during his arraignment in Quincy District Court on three counts of murder on Nov. 14. (AP)

Eighteen-year-old Donald Rudolph appeared in Quincy District Court Thursday (watch the hearing) for the murders of his mother, sister and his mother’s boyfriend. Rudolph, dressed in a green sweatshirt and jeans, stared straight ahead as his lawyer told the court that doctors at Bridgewater State Hospital indicate that Rudolph will not cooperate — so there is no official determination about his competency to stand trial.

“I’ve never heard of this before,” attorney John Darrell said. “Based on my understanding he (Rudolph) is not participating because of his mental illness.”

Darrell said that even though he has met with Rudolph several times, when he saw him before Thursday’s court appearance, Rudolph didn’t know who Darrell was.

“He doesn’t have a clue as to why he’s here,” Darrell said. “It’s my understanding that his sister tried to call him at Bridgewater State Hospital and meet with him and won’t talk to her either.”

Rudolph is charged with murdering his mother, 50-year-old Paula Rudolph, his sister, 24-year-old Caylin Rudolph and his mother’s boyfriend, 52-year-old Frederick Medina, in Paula Rudolph’s Weymouth home in November.

Rudolph’s father and another sister were in court Thursday and met with Darrell. “They worry about a son and a brother and yet this is the same person charged with harming a sister and a mother. It’s a very confusing, emotional process, “ Darrell said.

Rudolph was sent to the state prison at Norfolk. His next scheduled court appearance is next month.

This program aired on December 22, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

Deborah Becker Twitter Host/Reporter
Deborah Becker is a senior correspondent and host at WBUR. Her reporting focuses on mental health, criminal justice and education.

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