Thomas Gilbert Will Stand Trial

Charged in the murder of his father, he is declared competent

Thomas Gilbert Jr. who is charged with murdering his father in January 2015 in his parents' Manhattan apartment, was found fit to stand trial in the Centre Street courtroom of State Supreme Court Justice Melissa Jackson on Wednesday. Psychiatrists had disagreed over his mental state for many months, delaying the start of the trial.

Police say Mr. Gilbert, who is being held on Rikers Island, shot his father to death with a pistol, then staged the scene to make it look like a suicide. His next court date is Oct. 5.

The family's house in the Georgica Association, where they had vacationed for many years, was sold earlier this year.