The state Supreme Court on Monday rejected the appeal of a mentally ill murder defendant who was ordered into state custody in 2010 after officials discovered that he had been released from a state mental hospital 18 years earlier without their knowledge. Justices upheld lower court rulings in the case of Pedro Custodio, 79, who was found incompetent to stand trial in the 1991 shooting death of his Waterbury neighbor Amerigo Pagan Cruz.
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