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FORENSIC EXAM: Grandma 'Mentally Not Fit' To Stand Trial

Fitness hearing scheduled for June 4 for Oak Lawn grandmother charged with first-degree murder of baby granddaughter.

Alfreda Gierdorojc, 62, of Oak Lawn, IL.
Alfreda Gierdorojc, 62, of Oak Lawn, IL.

All signs appear headed toward a possible insanity defense of an Oak Lawn grandmother accused of murdering her infant granddaughter last October.

Alfreda Gierdorojc, 62, made a brief appearance in Cook County Judge Colleen Hyland’s courtroom Wednesday morning.

The topic of discussion for the Oak Lawn grandmother were the results of her court-ordered psychiatric examination. The exam was delayed several months because of lost paperwork.

“We have the return of the forensic exam,” assistant public defender Michael Wilson said. “[Gierdorojc] is mentally not fit to stand trial.”

The court-ordered examination was signed by Dr. Mathew S. Markos, who heads Cook County’s Forensic Clinical Services.

Cook County Prosecutor Michael Deeno told the judge that the state would not be seeking a  “second opinion.”

Gierdorojc is charged with first-degree murder. Prosecutors maintain that Gierdorojc allegedly slashed her 6-month-old granddaughter’s throat and then bludgeoned the baby with a sledgehammer in her Oak Lawn home on Oct. 6, 2013. She is being held without bail at Cook County Jail.

Wilson, Gierdorojc's public defender, has expressed "bonafide doubts" in court about his client's sanity.

The Oak Lawn woman, wearing a dark blue jail uniform, appeared to be glancing around the courtroom at spectators during her hearing.

Judge Hyland set a June 4 date for a fitness hearing at Leighton Criminal Courts Building at 26th and California.

The hearing is likely to include more details from Gierdorojc’s psychiatric examination in determining her ability to participate in her own defense and her mental capacity to undergo trial.


Breeze916 May 29, 2014 at 02:43 PM
Um...shocking that she was found to be nuts. And seriously? Lost paperwork? How do you lose paperwork like it's a red light violation?? And as for a "second opinion"... like Dangerfield used to say, "Okay. you're ugly too".
Michelle May 29, 2014 at 05:49 PM
I dd not say you have to be Polish or drink Vodka to kill. Yes Americans kill every day. I have worked with both criminals and victims so I do have first hand knowledge of the criminal mind as well as the victim. It is not talking crap when its the truth. You don't care what I did, but have you worked i the Justice system. Have you ever held the hand of a mother who's child's killer walked free because of a loophole in the system. I have. Have you ever had to walk a murder victims window through the court process, I have. This crazy bitch will be put in a nuthouse for a few weeks and let free to roam the streets again. If you don't think that is how it happens with an insanity defense DO YOUR RESEARCH. There are a lack of mental facilities and those still operating are overun with nut jobs, insurance companies will not pay and the state no longer funds them. I live in Oak Lawn and I do not wish to attend public gatherings with this animal on the lose for fear that one of my children my upset her and have her snap. IF a defenseless 6 month old baby can cause this woman to slicer her throat what would a load 4 year old bring out? I have had a family member murdered and I will tell you I did not send prayers for the animal that did it that is for sure. I am not judging her family I am judging her.This piece of shit baby killer should have a bullet put in her head. And so should that mother of three and so should all the other psychos. But yeah you are right, please hide behind GOD and pray for my ignorant ass. Adios miss righteous.
Michelle May 29, 2014 at 05:52 PM
I am not perfect but i sure the hell am not as naive as you make yourself out to be. I think I will go pour myself I nice glass of vodka on the rocks.
Jen May 31, 2014 at 11:20 PM
This article is confusing. There's a huge difference between someone pleading not guilty by reason of insanity and someone being found incompetent to stand trial. It sounds like they've determined that she doesn't have the capacity to participate in her own defense, so a trial isn't going to happen any time soon. All signs can't be pointing to an insanity defense since lawyers can't make a defense of any kind without a trial.

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