Judge Disallows Video Of Wells’ Mental Evaluation

MAYVILLE – Judge John Ward this morning has ruled against allowing into evidence a video of Jason Wells’ mental evaluation, meaning the jury cannot view it.

Defense attorney Lyle Hajdu stated his objection to not allowing the video, broken up into two snippets from the total interview, adding they went to “the heart of the defense’s case.” Ward said the viewing of the videos would have an adverse and prejudicial effect on the jury after hearing District Attorney David Foley point out the videos were made well after the diagnosis of the defendant’s state of mind during the murder.

Wells was a 37-year-old resident of One Temple Square, a low-income Fredonia apartment complex, at the time he stabbed and beat fellow resident and friend Ruth Fisk, 81, a retired nurse, to death.

The defendant faces a charge of second-degree murder, a crime punishable by 25 years to life behind bars.