Illegal Immigrant in Milford Death Ruled Incompetent

My Fox Boston, April 11, 2013

The illegal immigrant who was drunk driving when he hit and dragged a Milford man to his death has been ruled incompetent to stand trial.

Judge Janet Kinton-Walker says Nicolas Guaman’s “unique cultural background” and language barrier means that he doesn’t understand the court process. The court also said that he lacks the ability to consult with his attorney properly.

The judge ordered Guaman’s attorney to find an interpreter and educated him on the court process.

In August 2011, 23-year-old Matthew Denice was hit and dragged to death while riding his motorcycle.

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This case has caused outrage across the nation and FOX 25 has covered the story extensively.

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{snip} He and the new interpreter are due back in court in June.

FOX 25’s Melissa Mahan asked [Matthew’s mother Maureen] Maloney whether she believes Guaman does not understand the court process in the United States because of his language barrier.

“No, I don’t believe it,” said Maloney. “In the past, he’s had other run-ins with the law. He’s been in court multiple times on other charges prior to all this in August 2011 and a Spanish interpreter or no interpreter was used for those hearings and he’s always managed just fine.”

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