Western Titanium chief’s fitness to undergo trial questioned

Nov 29, 2010 | 12:32 PM |

The criminal fraud case involving Western Titanium Inc. and four of its executives has taken an unexpected turn as attorneys for one of the distributor's top executives have questioned his fitness to continue as a defendant.

Attorneys representing Western Titanium and chief executive officer Daniel Schroeder have moved to sever their clients' connection with a trial now under way or, alternatively, grant a trial continuance until it can be determined that Schroeder is "mentally fit and competent" to assist in his defense. The trial began last month (AMM, Oct. 25).

Schroeder "apparently suffered a severe mental breakdown" on Nov. 17, leading to his detention for a "heath and mental welfare evaluation," his attorneys said. They described him as increasingly distraught and uncommunicative as the trial progressed.....

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