Suspect in Weymouth killings is not fit for trial

A judge found that a man charged with killing his sister, mother, and mother’s boyfriend in their Weymouth home in 2011 is not competent to stand trial, officials said Tuesday.

In a ruling dated Monday, Norfolk Superior Court Judge Thomas A. Connors issued the finding in the case against Donald Rudolph, 21, accused of killing the three on Nov. 10, 2011. The charges are still pending, and Rudolph’s competency could be reviewed again.

The next hearing is slated for March 12, when “it is anticipated that the court could schedule a competency review date roughly six months hence,” District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey’s office said.


Last June, the Globe reported that doctors at Bridgewater State Hospital, where Rudolph is held, deemed him unable to assist in his own defense and said he is schizophrenic.

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But at the request of prosecutors, a second specialist examined Rudolph and filed a report in October finding that he was competent. A full hearing on the matter was held in Superior Court over two days in January, Morrissey’s office said.

Rudolph is charged with killing his mother, Paula Rudolph, 50, who suffered from multiple sclerosis; his sister, Caylin, 24, who had two daughters; and Frederick Medina, 52.

John Darrell, Rudolph’s lawyer, said his client “cannot fully appreciate what’s going on.”

“He just has no real understanding of the process,” Darrell said.

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