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Attorney: Man Accused in McKinleyville Murder Suffers 'Serious Mental Condition'

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WTRF.com UPDATE:

Rocco Zuccaro, accused in the murder of McKinleyville resident Jason Pratz, made his initial appearance in court Tuesday morning.

Zuccaro's attorney, Michael Nogey, said Zuccaro suffers from a "serious mental condition" and psychosis, and was in 30-day treatment before the alleged crime.

Due to his condition, Zuccaro was unable to enter a plea himself, and the court entered a
not guilty plea for him. A trial date will not be selected until it is determined whether Zuccaro is competent to stand trial.

 


 

 

ORIGINAL STORY:

New information has emerged from a special grand jury meeting in Brooke County on Tuesday.

Rocco Zuccaro has been indicted for the murder of Jason Pratz in McKinleyville. Pratz was killed in his home in McKinleyville on February 18 of this year. The crime was discovered the following day and investigated by the Brooke County Sheriff's Department.

Brooke County officials called the special grand jury for the fist time since 1989 to handle the Pratz murder trial. Judge Ronald Wilson will preside over the case. No details of evidence or motive have been released yet, however the two were acquaintances.