Goshen - A judge yesterday ordered a mental-health exam for Gilbert Judge Jr., who’s accused of stabbing a man to death in Middletown on the night of July 20.
“He talks about voices telling him what to do,” said Joe Brown, Judge’s court-appointed lawyer, after a brief appearance yesterday in Orange County Court.
Judge, 39, of Middletown, was arraigned yesterday on charges of murder, manslaughter, menacing, reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child. He’s accused of going on a knife-swinging rampage and stabbing Ray Jackson to death with the knife, as Jackson tried to protect other people in a courtyard at the David Moore Heights apartment complex.
Judge had recently been a patient in the mental health unit at Orange Regional Medical Center’s Arden Hill campus. Goshen police had a warrant for his arrest, but the hospital, citing federal privacy laws, didn’t notify police that Judge had been released last month.
Judge remained in Orange County Jail without bail yesterday, pending a report on his mental competence to stand trial. He’s due back in court on Sept. 4.