Lau’s competency hearing Tuesday

Eric Lau returns to state Supreme Court Justice William A. Kelley’s courtroom on Tuesday to continue a hearing on his claims he’s unfit to stand trial on charges of murdering Jaimi Erlich, his neighbor at Lake Road Condominiums and a gym teacher the Richard P. O’Connor School in Ramapo.

The hearing continues at 11 a.m. with Dr. Michele Katz testifying about her findings that Lau is incompetent to stand trial and can’t assist in his own defense. At 2 p.m. Dr. Alan Tuckman will testify for the prosecution that he believes Lau is faking mental illness to avoid being tried.

Kelly will decide Lau’s competence after hearing testimony and from defense lawyer Bruce Klein and prosecutors Stephen Moore and Dominic Crispino. Lau has spent his courttime being silent and staring down at the defense table, his body siff.

The murder count carries a prison sentence of 15 to 25 years.

Upper left: Eric Lau

Upper right: Jami Erlich

Steve Lieberman

Steve Lieberman joined The Journal News as an editor in February 1984 and became a reporter during the spring of 1986. He has covered police, courts and legal issues for more than a decade, after reporting on county, town, village and state governments and general issues. He received more than a dozen state awards for writing and reporting. Born and raised in The Bronx, he has lived in Rockland since 1988.