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Fierstine going to Oakdale for evaluation

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MANCHESTER (KWWL) -- The trial of the man accused of cutting his father's pacemaker out of his chest in April 2009 will be delayed for an unspecified amount of time.

According to the Delaware County Attorney's Office, Jesse Fierstine, 33, will be sent to the Oakdale Medical and Classification Center for a third competency evaluation.

In a pretrial conference on Wednesday morning, the court decided that since there were two conflicting reports on whether or not Fierstine is competent to stand trial, a third evaluation needs to be done.

The trial was scheduled to start next week.

Fierstine is accused of hitting his father on the head with a flashlight and firewood before trying to cut out his father's pacemaker with a pocketknife.

Family members have said Fierstine suffers from bipolar disorder and was not on his medication at the time of the attack.

The victim of the attack, Charles A. Fierstine, Jr., died at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in July of this year. He was 63-years old.

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