GOSHEN - The man charged with killing a mother, father and 9-year-old child in their Town of Newburgh home in January might not be competent to stand trial, according to his lawyer.
Randy Siper, assigned to represent Kaliek Goode-Ford, requested in Orange County Court on Tuesday that psychiatric examiners evaluate Goode-Ford, which Judge William DeProspo granted.
Siper said some of his conversations with his client are "rational," and others are not.
"I don't know what he's talking about," Goode-Ford shouted in court, asking the judge to take a letter he had penned requesting a new attorney be assigned to his case.
"He doesn't seem interested in my case, or with dealing with me," Goode-Ford said.
Goode-Ford, of the Town of Newburgh, was arraigned for first-degree murder as well as other charges on Feb. 18 in the fatal shootings that also left a 3-year-old boy injured with multiple gunshot wounds.
Prosecutors said during the arraignment Goode-Ford shot and killed Shatavia and Jimmy Crisantos on Jan. 26 in their Route 300 home and then "hunted" for other witnesses, leading him to the couple's three sons. A 5-year-old boy was able to escape with the help of a neighbor.
DeProspo did not grant Goode-Ford's request for a new lawyer, noting having a lawyer assigned to a case "is not like a dating service."
"It's a very complicated case," DeProspo said, asserting Siper's ability to represent Goode-Ford. "It's a very serious case."
Goode-Ford said his family was going to retain legal counsel for him.
Goode-Ford is being held in the Fishkill Correctional Facility after
he was sentenced to seven years in prison days after the homicides on a previous attempted gun possession conviction. Even if Goode-Ford appealed that sentence, which he said Tuesday in court that he planned to do, he is still remanded without bail.
Goode-Ford's next court appearance is set for April 28.