- Associated Press - Thursday, August 20, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - A Cook County jury has decided a man accused of killing a Chicago policeman is mentally fit for trial despite claims of amnesia.

The six-person jury deliberated slightly more than an hour Thursday before finding 24-year-old Marcus Floyd suitable to stand trial for the May 2010 death of 30-year-old Officer Thomas Wortham IV during a shootout with men trying to steal his motorcycle.

A judge set Floyd’s trial for Oct. 13.

Floyd was shot by Wortham’s father during the shootout. Public defender David McMahon argued Floyd suffered “retrograde amnesia” after losing massive amounts of blood and suffering two heart attacks.

Prosecutors said Floyd met the legal definition of fitness because he can make new memories and speak coherently and logically.

Two other men are serving life sentences for Wortham’s murder.


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