(Jury reaches a verdict)…It took them only 3 hours.
The civil jury agreed Ioan Laurint was mentally competent to stand trial. The defense had claim that Laurint was not capable of participating in his defense. The prosecution argued he was faking the claim of mental incompetence in order to stop his trial. With the jury decision reached Thursday, the trial will proceed, if the defense does not file a motion to reverse the jury’s decision. There are reports the motion could be filed. Laurint is being charged in the murder of El Centro Attorney Anne Marie Zimmerman. Pre trial is tentatively scheduled for October 18th. The criminal trial could start November 27th.