Suspect in Amtrak Shooting May be Unfit For Trial

The Amtrak conductor who was shot in May during a station stop in Naperville, Illinois, has returned home while the man charged in his shooting has been described as not mentally fit to stand trial.

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A court-appointed psychologist reached that conclusion after examining Edward Klein, 79, of West Allis, Wisconsin.

The report is considered private, but was discussed in general during a court status hearing this week.

Klein has been charged with attempted murder and other felonies. He has been held in the DuPage County Jail since the May 23 shooting.

The conductor, Michael Case, was hospitalized for 10 weeks as he recovered from injuries to his abdomen. Case, 45, resides in Homewood, Illinois, and was working the inbound Southwest Chief when he was shot.

Hospital officials have said Case now faces months of additional rehabilitation.

During the court proceedings, discussions between attorneys and the judge indicated that it is unlikely that Klein can be returned to mental fitness within a year. Another hearing will be held on Aug. 7.

Public Defender Jeff York contended during a hearing last month that Klein was unfit for trial, but that determination will be made by a judge.

Defendants declared unfit to stand trial are usually committed temporarily to a mental health facility to receive treatment intended to restore mental fitness.

In cases in which a defendant is ruled to be unlikely to regain fitness, a longer term involuntary commitment may be imposed.

Police have said that Klein, a retired federal law enforcement officer, was returning to Wisconsin after deciding en route to cancel a planned trip to Las Vegas.

Officials have said Klein was apparently angry because Case has refused to allow him to disembark at Naperville. Amtrak officials had become concerned about his behavior aboard the train and were watching him to ensure that he made his connection in Chicago to a Milwaukee-bound train.

Klein is alleged to have taken a revolver from his carry-on bag, leaned out a train door window and fired at Case.

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