Cop-Killing CU Bandit Mentally Fit ForRetrial

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WAUKESHA, Wis. - (04/27/05) -- A 29-year-old man convicted a decadeago with his father of a crime spree that included two credit unionheists and culminated in the murder or a local police officer wasdeclared mentally fit for his retrial next week, despite hislawyers' claims that he is delusional. State Judge Kathryn Fosteragreed with a court-appointed psychologist Monday that Ted Oswaldis able to take part in the court proceedings, although he mighthave some unusual beliefs about numerology and might suffer from'severe personality disorder.' But Foster noted that Oswald has nohistory of mental illness and has regularly sent her legal writingsfrom jail regarding his case. "I find nothing delusional about thewriting of Mr. Oswald," Judge Foster declared. "His writings areclear to the court." Oswald, then 19, was convicted along with hisfather James Oswald in 1995, of a crime spree that included 1993armed robberies at Medical Systems CU, in Waukesha, and LandmarkCU, in Brookfield, and ended with the shooting death of WaukeshaPolice Captain James Lutz after the father and son robbed a BankOne branch.

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