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An ivy-league educated Manhattan man who is accused of the murder of his rich father for reducing his $1,000 a week fee appeared in court on Tuesday for the first day of testimony.
Thomas Gilbert Jr, 34, is faced with a murder, gun possession, and other charges related to the January 2015 killing of his father Thomas Gilbert Sr., a renowned Wall Street hedge fund manager.
A jury listened to an 11-minute recording of a 911 call made by his mother after the alleged killing. When asked who had shot her husband, Shelley Gilbert, who testified on Tuesday, said: “My son, who is crazy. But I had no idea he was this nuts. He shot him in the head.”
Gilbert’s lawyers argued that their client’s mental condition made him unfit for the trial, citing a decade-long history of mental illness, including a diagnosis of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, The New York Times reported.
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The prosecutor, in turn, portrayed Gilbert as a “self-centered and vengeful son, who was angry that his father had cut his allowance.
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“When he killed his father, the defendant was fully aware of what he was doing, and he certainly knew it was wrong,” assistant district attorney Craig Ortner told jurors.