Alleged Ku Klux Klan member found incompetent to stand trial

April 22nd, 2009 by admin


A state judge today found an alleged Ku Klux Klan member incompetent to stand trial for obstruction of justice in connection with the killing of a Oklahoma woman who tried to back out of a Klan initiation ceremony in a remote part of St. Tammany Parish.

State Judge Reginald “Reggie” Badeaux ordered Shane Foster, 21, to get tutoring in the St. Tammany Parish Jail for the next 90 days by a court-appointed forensic coordinator with the hope that it would “restore” Foster’s competency and make him ready for trial.

Dr. Michelle Garriga, who was appointed by the court to examine Foster and did so on March 16, testified on the stand today that Foster does “not have a factual understanding” of the law or its procedures.

She said he has “cognitive deficits,” “an ignorance of legal understanding,” and that he is “mildly mentally retarded or a little above that.”

Garriga, who works in Eastern Louisiana Mental Health System’s forensic division, said Foster does not understand the role of judges, attorneys, jurors or defendants; does not comprehend the difference between guilt and innocence, and is not aware of his legal rights.

He is the son of Raymond “Chuck” Foster, the alleged imperial wizard of a Bogalusa Klan group who is facing second-degree murder in the shooting death of Cynthia Lynch in a remote area of St. Tammany Parish on Nov. 9, after she reportedly had told him that she wanted to go home.

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