The illegal immigrant who was drunk driving when he hit and dragged a Milford man to his death has been ruled incompetent to stand trial. Judge Janet Kinton-Walker says Nicolas Guaman's "unique cultural background" and language barrier means that he doesn't understand the court process.


The court also said that he lacks the ability to consult with his attorney properly.

The judge ordered Guaman's attorney to find an interpreter and educate him on the court process.

In August 2011, 23-year-old Matthew Denice was hit and dragged to death while riding his motorcycle.

FOX 25 spoke to Maureen Maloney, Matthew's mother, on the phone during the FOX 25 Morning News about the ruling. Maloney said she believes this is a stall tactic by the defense, but hopes it clears the way for trial.

"My first reaction yesterday was devastation," Maloney said. "I just can't believe that he was found mentally incompetent based on his education level and unique language. However, after being able to think about it overnight, I'm hoping that this will close whatever loopholes that the defense has to try to appeal or get a retrial if we ever get to a trial."

Judge Kinton-Walker was appointed in 2009 by Gov. Deval Patrick.

http://www.myfoxboston.com/story/21940500/2013/04/11/defendant-in-milford-death-ruled-incompetent
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