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04-26-2010, 06:22 PM

Lishan Wang, 44, originally of Beijing, is being charged with the murder

A police car stands by outside Toor's home, the site of Monday's murder in Branford, Conn

“Never anything happens here,”¯¯ said Kalani Lopa, who lives a few houses away from the Toor family.

BRANFORD, Conn. — Vajinder Toor, 34, a postdoctoral clinical fellow at the School of Medicine, was shot and killed outside his home in Branford, Conn., this morning.

Branford Police have detained Lishan Wang, 44, a Chinese national from Beijing whose last known address is in Marrietta, Ga.

Wang is being charged with murder, criminal attempt to commit murder, carrying weapons in a motor vehicle, carrying a handgun without a permit and unlawful discharge of a firearm. He is being held on $2 million bond and will be arraigned in New Haven Superior Court on Tuesday.

Branford Police Lt. Geoffrey Morgan said the homicide is not related to Yale but is also not a random act; he said it is most likely related to previous job-related disputes Toor was involved in when he worked in New York City.

An employee of Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in New York said the two men clashed at that facility a few years ago after Wang left his post at the [/B[B]]intensive care unit and was not reachable for a few hours. The employee said Toor reprimanded him and that Wang threatened Toor in front of other employees.

“Our hypothesis, which the detectives are still working on, is that there was a connection between the victim and the shooter, but not one which was in any way related to Yale,”¯¯ Morgan said.

Shortly before 8 a.m., a man shot Toor multiple times in the parking lot outside Toor's condominium and also tried but failed to shoot Toor's wife. The couple has a three-year-old child, and Toor's wife is six months pregnant, according to police.

The murder occurred in the Meadows, a quiet Branford condominium complex where violence of any kind, let alone a shooting, is a foreign concept, a resident said.

“Never anything happens here,”¯¯ said Kalani Lopa, who lives a few houses away from the Toor family.

Neighbors near Toor's condo on Blueberry Lane in Branford heard the shots and immediately called the police, who stopped the shooter near the Meadows condominium complex as the suspect, Wang, was attempting to flee in a van. After seeing firearms in plain sight in the vehicle, police arrested the driver.

“I was looking out my window, where I have coffee, yesterday morning when I saw a red van driving around,”¯¯ Lopa added.

Asked if he thought the presence of the van yesterday indicated that Wang had been carefully surveilling the area before the crime, Lopa answered: “Definitely.”¯¯

Toor, 34, was a first-year fellow in the infectious diseases section of the Department of Internal Medicine at the School of Medicine. According to the department's website, Toor graduated in 2001 from the Guru Govind Singh Medical College in Punjab, India, and in 2008 from Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in New York.

We all extend our condolences to Vajinder’s family, friends, and colleagues," Yale Police Chief James Perrotti said in a campuswide e-mail.

Toor's death is the second apparent homicide of a member of the School of Medicine community this year after Annie Le GRD '13, who was was studying for a Ph.D. in pharmacology, was found dead in September in the Yale research facility where she worked.

"This has been very sudden and a shock to us all," said Nancy Angoff, the School of Medicine's associate dean of student affairs.

Ten members of the Yale medical community who were interviewed said that they were shocked by the murder, and five said they would be more cautious.

"We are all one big community," said Leslie Lang, a medical technologist in Yale-New Haven Hospital. "It really does make you feel uneasy and unsafe at times."

But the others interviewed said they do not feel the need to be more vigilant because the murder is not related to either Yale or the Annie Le case.

Mathew Ventura, a genetic accountant at the medical school, said while he is not too concerned about safety, he will take a second look if anything appears strange

09-07-2016, 04:19 AM
Court: Anti-psychotic can be forcibly administered to gook on trial for murder (http://www.cbsnews.com/news/court-anti-psychotic-can-be-forcibly-administered-to-doctor-on-trial-for-murder/)


CONNECTICUT -- Connecticut authorities can forcibly administer anti-psychotic medicine on a mentally ill doctor charged in the murder of a Yale University physician so he can be competent to stand trial, the state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.

Justices released a 7-0 decision that rejected the appeal of Lishan Wang, whose lawyer argued that medicating Wang against his will would violate his constitutional rights to a fair trial and to mental and physical bodily integrity, as well as conflict with a 2003 U.S. Supreme Court ruling restricting involuntary medication of defendants.

Wang, a Chinese citizen from Beijing, is charged with murder in the 2010 fatal shooting of Dr. Vajinder Toor outside Toor’s home in Branford. He is also charged with attempted murder on allegations he shot at Toor’s pregnant wife, who wasn’t injured. Wang has pleaded not guilty, and he has insisted he is competent and doesn’t need medication.

Authorities say the shooting appeared to stem from a 2008 workplace dispute Wang had with Toor and other doctors when they worked together at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in New York City. Wang was fired from the medical center that year after a series of confrontations with Toor and other colleagues.

Wang represented himself in the case until a judge ruled him incompetent last year and assigned a public defender. In November, New Haven Superior Court Judge Thomas O’Keefe Jr. ruled that state officials could forcibly medicate Wang to make him competent to stand trial and that doing so would not violate Wang’s constitutional rights or the 2003 U.S. Supreme Court ruling. O’Keefe’s decision was put on hold pending the Supreme Court appeal.

A main issue in the appeal was whether prosecutors showed that it was “substantially likely” that forcing medication on Wang would restore him to competency. The “substantially likely” standard was set - but not specifically defined -- in 2003 by the U.S. Supreme Court, which said the government can force medication on mentally ill criminal defendants only in the rarest of circumstances and only if certain conditions are met.

The Connecticut Supreme Court said state prosecutors met those conditions and concluded that it was substantially likely that Wang would be restored to competency with medication. State justices relied on the testimony of a state psychiatrist, who said the chances of success in restoring Wang to competency with recommended medications was in a percentage range from the mid-50s to 70.

Wang’s public defender on the appeal, Mark Rademacher, argued that a projected success rate of mid-50s to 70 percent did not make it “substantially likely” that Wang would be restored to competency. The Supreme Court disagreed and defined “substantially likely” as “more likely than not, or a greater than 50 percent probability.”

“They just set the bar too low before they can violently restrain a patient, knock him out with a sedative and inject him with medication,” Rademacher said Tuesday. “It’s an extremely serious thing to do and shouldn’t be taken lightly.”

Rademacher said he will be deciding whether to appeal the state Supreme Court ruling to a federal court, possibly the U.S. Supreme Court.

Prosecutor Nancy Walker has said the ruling by O’Keefe in November did not violate Wang’s rights or the U.S. Supreme Court restrictions. She said his case is based on the sound medical advice of experts and is one of the rare instances where forced medication is allowed.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut has been closely watching Wang’s case.

“The court’s reasoning concludes that very few criminal defendants will be plausibly eligible for forcible medication in the future,” said Dan Barrett, legal director of the state ACLU chapter. “The ACLU of Connecticut will be watching to ensure that prosecutors do not attempt to expand that number.”