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Attorneys want to see if alleged Crest Hill shooter is fit for trial

Attorneys for a Crest Hill man charged with killing a bartender and wounding another man at Izzy’s bar are seeking an expert to determine if he is fit to stand trial.

A court motion filed by attorneys for Patrick Gleason, 57, of the 1600 block of Dearborn Street, claims Gleason’s behavior has become “increasingly erratic” and he has demonstrated a “marked detachment from reality.”

As a result, Gleason’s attorneys believe there is “bona fide doubt” as to his fitness to stand trial, according to the motion. They seek to have a qualified expert determine his fitness.

Gleason attorney Chuck Bretz said he filed the motion for the reasons stated in it. He declined to comment further, saying he did not want to violate attorney-client privilege.

Gleason has been jailed since he was arrested in connection with the March 2018 shooting at Izzy’s bar on Theodore Street. He is being held on a $10 million bond.

Gleason has been charged with first-degree murder, aggravated battery and aggravated discharge of a firearm in the death of bartender Daniel Rios III, 52, and the wounding of Thomas Izquierdo, the son of Izzy’s owner, Alfonso Izquierdo.

Thomas Izquierdo was shot while trying to subdue Gleason after he shot Rios, police said.

Gleason has been sued by Thomas Izquierdo, Rios’ family and the Illinois Casualty Company. A Will County judge allowed for the three lawsuits to be consolidated into one case for discovery and trial purposes.

On Jan. 29, a judge granted a petition from Gleason’s limited guardian to sell his home on Dearborn Street for $180,000 because it was “significantly draining” limited assets of his estate, according to court records.

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