Eric Falardeau, 29, seems to have found an advantage in being subintelligent. Falardeau is accused of beating to death William Beal of Salem, Massachusetts outside of a tavern. Now, Lawrence Superior Court Judge Howard Whitehead has ruled that he lacks the intelligence to stand trial for the 2000 murder and therefore will be released.
What is particularly disturbing is that Falardeau has a long police record. He also has an IQ that puts him on the borderline of being mentally retarded. This creates a problem. Since he is not mentally ill, he cannot be hospitalized for mental illness. Moreover, he has already spent over 1000 days in jail.
The record is curious. Falardeau was smart enough to graduate Lawrence High School in 1997 and rank 208 out of 300 students. Does that mean there are 92 people capable of murder without trial in Lawrence?
Falardeau was drinking before getting into the fight with Beal, 39, who was the father of four.
Falardeau has a history of violence including an alleged assault on a jail guard in 2004 and another assault onpolice and EMTs when they were at his house on a medical call in 2006. Those charges were also dropped.
Under the current status, Falardeau could literally rob banks, kill people, and engage in every possible debauchery without fear of trial. Indeed, he may be getting calls from the mob as the perfect hit man, a real teflon don.
The problem for the court is that the experts were reportedly clear that they believe that he is border line retarded and unable to appreciate or understand his trial.
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