Judge: Hartford man charged with nursing home arson not competent
The Hartford Courant reports that a judge on Thursday found that Rodrick Peters wasn’t competent and that it’s unlikely he could be restored to competency.
Psychiatrist Dr. Suzanne Ducate had testified that she believed Peters has a substantial mental illness.
The judge ordered the commissioner of the state Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services to seek civil commitment of Peters.
Peters is charged with first-degree arson in connection with the June blaze at Touchpoints in Bloomfield. Authorities said Peters used two rolls of toilet paper to set fire to a wood cabinet in his room at the nursing home.