A Weymouth man accused of killing his mother, sister, and his mother’s boyfriend in November 2011 has been deemed by doctors at a state psychiatric hospital to be not competent to assist in his own defense, but prosecutors say they will seek a second opinion.
Prosecutors from District Attorney Michael Morrissey’s office plan to ask Norfolk Superior Court Judge Kenneth Fishman Tuesday for access to Donald Rudolph’s five-week psychiatric evaluation conducted at Bridgewater State Hospital. David Traub, spokesman for Morrissey’s office, said prosecutors will ask the court to allow them to seek a second opinion on Rudolph from a doctor they choose.
Rudolph is charged with killing his mother, Paula Rudolph, a 50-year-old Stop & Shop worker who had multiple sclerosis; his 24-year-old sister, Caylin, a mother of two girls; and his mother’s boyfriend, Frederick Medina, 52.
Police found their bodies in the family home after a neighbor, who had received frantic calls from Medina, called 911.
Rudolph’s attorney, John Darrell, said he had indicated to Fishman in a hearing Thursday that the evaluation at Bridgewater was finished.
“I’ve spoken to my client for hours over the last 18 months,” Darrell said in a phone interview Friday. “I have always maintained this young man is incompetent. Donald is unable to discuss the events in any sort of a rational way and has never been able to assist me in any way.”
In the days after the alleged murders, Rudolph underwent a preliminary evaluation, and the doctor who met with him then suggested to the court that Rudolph needed further evaluation at Bridgewater. After a 20-day evaluation, Dr. Charles F. Carroll, the hospital’s director of forensic services, extended the evaluation another 20 days and concluded that Rudolph had schizophrenia, Darrell said, reading from the evaluation.
The Thursday hearing “was the first step in an extended process, and the results of that evaluation don’t mean that Donald Rudolph won’t stand trial down the road,” Traub said.
In the years before the killings, Rudolph’s behavior had become more and more frightening, friends and neighbors told the Globe in November 2011.
As a teenager, Rudolph had broken into at least two homes on Upland Road, where his mother and sister lived. Neighbors also suspected he had been killing cats. Former New England Patriots player Ronnie Lippett, who worked with troubled children and took Rudolph in, had filed a restraining order against him after he punched Lippett in the face and broke his jaw in 2010.
Beverly McDermott, a neighbor, said in an interview at the time of the killings that Medina had called her, upset as he drove home from work, and told her he was concerned about his girlfriend because she was not picking up the phone.
McDermott said she told Medina to turn on the light the moment he got inside the house, and that if she didn’t see any lights on, she would call police.
The light never went on. She called police and when they arrived, they found Rudolph crawling out of a basement window, acting strangely, and then discovered the bodies inside.Brian Ballou can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeBallou.