Attorneys are seaching for a mental health facility for Waltham Police Chief Thomas LaCroix in the wake for allegedly attacking his wife at their Maynard home.
LaCroix's attorney, Peter Bella, made the request during a dangerousness hearing at Concord District Court on Tuesday, June 19. If the proper facility cannot be found, LaCroix will continue his dangerousness hearing on Thursday, June 21, according to Middlesex County District Attorney's Office spokeswoman Stephanie Guyotte. The spokesman described it only as a treatment facility, but the prosectuor, during the hearing, said they were searching for a mental health facility.
LaCroix remains in the custody of the Middlesex County Sheriff's Office and is on leave with pay.
The judge denied the two motions, made by Assistant District Attorney Suzanne Kontz, for LaCroix to undergo a competency hearing and a seperate psychological examination. Bella said his client is competent to stand trial.
The judge ordered LaCroix stay away from the alleged victim and any witnesses. LaCroix spoke only to say he understood the instructions.
Prior to the motions, attorneys on both sides had a 10-minute sidebar with the judge to discuss information Bella said would be damaging to his client.
LaCroix, shackled and wearing a dark suit, stood in the prisoner vestibule as the hearing proceeded.
Several supporters attended the hearing including Waltham Police Officer Ann Frassica and Detective Sgt. Joseph Guigno. For video of LaCroix's attorney discussing the support for his client, click on the photo box to the right.
Despite the hearing, no additional details on the incident itself emerged. The police report and other related documents remain closed to the public.
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