The Madison County State's Attorney is appealing a decision by a Madison County Judge that would force a doctor to be recorded while interviewing the man who is accused of killing Maryville Baptist Church Pastor Fred Winters. Circuit Judge Richard Tognorelli denied a motion to reconsider the order last month, and the prosecutor's office is taking the case to the Illinois 5th District Appellate Court.
Terry Sedlacek has been declared unfit for trial in the March 2009 shooting death of Winters inside the church during a Sunday morning service. Prosecutors requested a forensic interview of Sedlacek, but the defense asked that the interview be video recorded. The doctor chosen to conduct the interview said videotaping would hinder the interview and prevent him from effectively examining the defendant and refused to proceed. The State's Attorney's Office asked the judge to reconsider the ruling, but was denied and is now moving on for an appeal. Judge Tognarelli previously ruled Sedlacek has not progressed enough to understand the charges against him, and is unable to communicate properly with his attorneys working on his defense. Sedlacek remains in state custody at the Forensic Unit at the Alton Mental Health Center.