Tonawanda News

April 2, 2014

Rusek appearance was adjourned

Staff Reports
The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — Chester Rusek, the 88-year-old man accused of killing his nursing home roommate in the Town of Tonawanda, was set to appear in Erie County Court on Tuesday but the matter was adjourned after the defendant was taken to the hospital.

Rusek allegedly attacked Salvatore Trusello, 86, on the morning of Nov. 26, 2012 at the Kenwell De-Paul Senior Living Community.

Rusek has been deemed competent to stand trial, but his attorney, Barry Dolgoff, argued his client’s recent frontotemporal dementia diagnosis should be evidence.

It is associated with symptoms such as inappropriate actions, lack of judgment and empathy, compulsiveness and behavioral changes.

Prosecutor Paul Bonanno has objected to the admissibility of the evidence, and said defense attorneys are required to submit their intent to present such information within 30 days of the arraignment.

A new court date was not scheduled for Tuesday’s evidentiary hearing.