NEW LONDON – A three-judge panel later this month will begin hearing evidence on whether an 18-year-old Uncasville man accused of killing his grandparents in January was sane at the time of the crimes.
During a brief appearance on Wednesday in New London Superior Court, Marcus Fisher answered a series of canvas questions from Judge Hillary Strackbein aimed at ensuring he understood the next steps in a process that could result in Fisher spending the rest of his life in a state psychiatric hospital if he is deemed not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect.
Strackbein, who set an Oct. 30 trial start date, noted just the two counts of murder Fisher faces alone carry a maximum possible sentence of 120 years. Fisher is also charged with murder with special circumstances and second-degree arson. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Strackbein, along with Judges Arthur Hadden and Maureen Murphy,