Yale Doctor Vajinder Toor's Alleged Killer To Face Mental Competency Test

The alleged gunman, who's from Beijing, was last known to be living in Marietta, Ga. Police said the shooting was not random or connected with Toor's job at Yale. Dr. Vajinder Toor and family seen here.
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Dr. Vajinder Toor, with his wife and child (Personal Photo)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (CBS/AP)  A judge on Tuesday ordered a competency hearing for an unemployed doctor charged with killing Yale University physician Vajinder Toor, whom the accused knew through work.

The defendant, Lishan Wang, who recently lived in Marietta, Ga., is accused of shooting Toor on April 26 outside Toor's home in Branford, Conn. Police say he also fired at Toor's pregnant wife but missed.

Workplace confrontations with Toor and others at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in New York led to Wang's dismissal two years ago.

Superior Court Judge Roland Fasano ordered a competency evaluation to determine if Wang understands the legal proceedings and can assist in his own defense. Wang himself opposed the evaluation and also indicated that he wished to act as his own attorney in the murder case.

Wang's public defenders had requested the competency evaluation, but would not say why. They also would not say why Wang wanted to represent himself.

Wang is due back in court on Sept. 27.

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