When alleged serial killer Salvatore Perrone entered Brooklyn Supreme Court Wednesday his hands were shackled, but his mouth was not.
Perrone, who is accused of shooting three shopkeepers in Brooklyn this year, said he has not been given access to the outside world, that his court-appointed lawyer was not his attorney, and that he has not been able to reach his personal attorney.
Judge Alan Marrus allowed Perrone to look for his sister in the courtroom. Perrone slowly scanned the audience, which was made up of a few police officers and the family of three men shot to death this summer. His sister was not in court.
The judge then ordered what is called a 730 exam, mental competency to stand trial, and checked off the box indicating the defendant was disruptive, confused and exhibiting bizarre behavior.
Perrone's court appointed attorney entered a not guilty plea for him even though Perrone repeatedly said he was not his attorney.
After his psychiatric exam, Perrone will be back in court.
A new poll conducted by Quinnipiac University found overwhelming opposition to the way the arrest of Eric Garner was handled while the majority support the broken windows policy, which cracks down on low-level crimes to prevent bigger ones from occurring. Garner's death has brought the policy into the spotlight. The Staten Island man had been selling untaxed cigarettes when he was arrested. A police officer placed him in a chokehold and Garner died.