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Harrah’s Joliet Alleged Stranger-Killer to Plead Madness

Posted on: February 7, 2023, 05:52h. 

Final up to date on: February 7, 2023, 05:52h.

A person accused of the brutal homicide of a stranger in a hallway of Harrah’s On line casino Joliet intends to plead madness, his lawyer has instructed a choose in Will County, Ailing.

Harrah’s Joliet, murder, Robert Watson
Robert Watson was deemed match to face trial in 2020, however his attorneys argue he was affected by schizophrenia on the time of the assault (Picture: Patch.com)

Robert Watson was arrested on March 25, 2019, on the Joliet Public Library, the day after he’s alleged to have stabbed to dying 76-year-old Emanuel “Sam” Burgarino, a visitor on the resort.

Burgarino was knifed 26 occasions and robbed in a surprising assault.

Mentally Incompetent’

On the time of his arrest, Watson was a transient with a violent historical past. His attorneys contend their shopper suffers from schizophrenia and was mentally incompetent on the time of the killing.

The trial was scheduled to start this week, however Will County Decide Dave Carlson granted a request by Watson’s lawyer, Shenonda Tisdale, to bump the trial to Might 1, Patch.com reviews.

That’s as a result of extra time is required for the protection to arrange in an madness protection trial.

Watson was deemed match to face trial by a Will County jury in August 2020 when Dr Anna Stapleton testified for the prosecution that Watson gave the impression to be faking his psychological sickness.

Responsibility of Care

Burgarino, from Hales Corners, Wis., was visiting the on line casino along with his fiancée. His alleged attacker was not a visitor of the resort, nor did he have a key or an assigned room.

As an alternative, he “suspiciously lurked and stalked patrons on Harrah’s property for hours—in plain view of resort employees—with out checking in, playing, or shopping for something.” That’s in keeping with a civil negligence lawsuit filed towards the on line casino proprietor, Caesars Leisure, by Burgarino’s fiancée, Denise Dixon.

Dixon argues in her go well with that Harrah’s employees had an obligation of care to guard their friends from Watson.

He was repeatedly caught on safety cameras loitering across the venue, whereas employees did nothing to research his presence or forestall the assault on Burgarino, Dixon claims.

At his 2020 competency listening to, jurors heard that Watson had lived in Wisconsin, Arizona, Hawaii, Florida, and Minnesota, in keeping with Patch.com. Lately, he had stayed along with his mom after which his grandmother, however each kicked him out. Jurors heard that on one event he accused his mom of worshipping the satan.

In 2013, in Florida, police have been referred to as to see Watson standing bare on a roof “eager to kill himself.” He later instructed officers he had taken medicine and was listening to voices.