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More Information Comes Out On Death At Princeton Psychiatric

Posted Feb 19 2010 12:00am
More information is coming out very slowly about the murder at Princeton Psychiatric Hospital on February 11. Remember Neil Young wrote 'There's more to the picture than meets the eye", and this story is just developing. It's just big news around this neck of the woods because really, Princeton hasn't changed all that much in almost a century when Hemingway wrote Robert Cohen went to Princeton and Fitzgerald went drunk into the fountain with Zelda.

According to Friday February 19, 2010 Trentonian,

The teen accused of murdering his 69-year-old roommate had sex with the old man first and killed him in a fit of guilt after reading the Bible, according to prosecutors.

Bail was maintained at $500,000 yesterday and a psychiatric evaluation was ordered in Mercer Court for Michael Leal, 18, charged with beating and pen-stabbing his Princeton House bunkmate James Dunlavy on Feb. 11.

Assistant Prosecutor Brian McCauley told Judge Pedro Jiminez at the bail hearing that after the two roommates in the involuntary psychiatric commitment unit had consensual sex, the elderly man fell asleep and Leal started reading the Bible.

"Then he had second thoughts and felt guilty about what had happened,” said Casey DeBlasio, spokesperson for the Mercer County prosecutor’s office.

Leal then allegedly stabbed the victim with a pen several times and beat him in the head with his fists, knees and feet.

Staff at Princeton House saw Leal walking around with bloody clothes, followed him back to his room and discovered the victim on the floor of the room unresponsive, DeBlasio said.
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