Thomas Gilbert Jr. Fit to Stand Trial in Death of Hedge Fund Father

Nov 5 2015 | 8:41pm ET

A forensic psychologist hired by the Manhattan district attorney has determined Thomas Gilbert Jr. is competent to stand trial for the killing of his father, Wainscott Capital Partners founder Thomas Gilbert Sr., in his Upper East Side apartment back on January 4. 

The finding contrasts with the earlier opinions of two court-appointed psychiatrists, who both found the younger Gilbert too mentally ill to be tried in the case. 

Gilbert Jr., now 31, was allegedly upset about a cut in his allowance. He has pled not guilty to murder and weapons charges.

His attorneys have described a troubled man with a history of delusions and psychotic symptoms, and have indicated a mental health defense will be pursued should the case go to trial. However, in his direct testimony, the forensic psychologist, Dr. Stuart Kirschner, stated that he found no trace of psychosis or other serious mental disorders in Gilbert that would impact his ability to stand trial. 

Cross-examination of Kirscher's determination is scheduled for next week in New York State Supreme Court in New York. 

Gilbert Jr. graduated from Princeton University in 2009. His father, a 30-year veteran of Wall Street when he died, founded biotech-focused Wainscott in 2011.

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