Doctors divided on competency of Grafton Thomas

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NEW CITY – Two doctors appointed by the state have found Grafton Thomas competent to stand trial while Thomas’ privately retained doctor found him incompetent.

Thomas, of Greenwood Lake, stands accused both on state and federal charges, of five counts of attempted murder for entering a rabbi’s house during a Hanukkah ceremony last December while wielding a machete and attacking and wounding five people.

Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Walsh II said Thomas is also subject to a federal competency examination, which will take place in the near future.

In the meantime, court motions and arguments regarding the inspection of premises are adjourned. Walsh said he will “vigorously oppose the defendant’s, Grafton Thomas, application to inspect 47 Forshay Road. The victims and residents of this home should not be victimized again.”

That is the location where the attack occurred inside the rabbi’s home.

After the incident, Thomas fled in a vehicle, which was located in New York City where he was arrested.