VIERA, Florida. – A Palm Bay man accused of beating his 12-year-old son and locking him in the laundry room, where he later died, appeared in court on Monday.
Lawyers have discussed the jurisdictional status of Jason Godleski, 34, who faces charges in connection with the death of his son, Noah Godleski.
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Since the boy’s death in October, Godleski’s lawyer has argued that the defendant “cannot understand the court process, the role of the court and the lawyers and the consequences in his case”.
Police say Godleski waited days to report Noah’s death, leaving his body in the home when Godleski traveled to Connecticut.
Since his arrest, a doctor has found Godleski competent.
Defense attorney Melissa Peat called for a second expert assessment on Monday.
“While she finds Mr. Godleski competent to proceed, she gives a diagnostic impression of bipolar disorder not otherwise specified and personality disorder not otherwise specified,” Peat said.
A prosecutor responded by saying Godleski was pretending to be incompetent.
Judge Charles Crawford authorized a second appraisal.
Godleski’s girlfriend, Sam Dubose, is also facing manslaughter charges while Noah’s mother, Melinda Powell, told News 6 the 12-year-old was wrongfully taken from her years ago. years and that Godleski and Dubose had prevented her from seeing him.
“They left it to rot in the laundry room,” the mother told News 6 last fall. “I just don’t know how you can do that to a child.”
Pending the completion of its second assessment, the court will wait to schedule Godleski’s jurisdictional hearing.
Godleski faces charges of manslaughter and failing to report a death.
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