DA sticks with second-degree murder charge in Padia case
The District Attorney’s office decided Tuesday to move forward with the second-degree murder charge under which Anthony Padia was arrested following the death of his father, Leon, earlier this month.
Padia made use of interpreter for the filing, which is likely to be his last appearance in court until March, when he will return for a review following a competency evaluation. His next advisement will also be delayed pending the evaluation, at the request of public defender Jose Gonzalez.
“I’m not sure that Mr. Padia at this point really understands what’s happening right now,” Gonzalez observed.
Deputy District Attorney Jim Leuthauser agreed to postpone the advisement, but observed that charges must be officially filed in order to continue holding Padia.
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