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As suspect languishes, case hits a crossroads

Lynn man admitted to killing son, but competency at issue

SALEM — Ernesto L. Gonzalez Jr. shuffled to the inmate dock in Essex Superior Court this month wearing a slate-gray prison jumpsuit, his hands cuffed in front of him. His eyes flickered to the ceiling, then scanned the courtroom and fixed on the judge.

“Good morning, Mr. Gonzalez,” the judge said.

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