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The man charged with killing Dennis Bernardi told police he believed his own life was in danger

Clarksburg home where Bernardi was killed (copy)

Dennis Bernardi was found dead in his home at 175 Middle Road in Clarksburg on Feb. 23. The Berkshire District Attorney's office has hired its own expert to examine whether the man accused of killing him, William Gingerich, is mentally competent to stand trial for murder. 

CLARKSBURG — The man charged with killing Dennis Bernardi has been found incompetent to stand trial following a reported diagnosis of schizophrenia. He told police arresting him he believed his own life had been in danger.

That's according to a newly unsealed search warrant affidavit, which details aspects of the state police's early investigation into the homicide of Bernardi, a 71-year-old Clarksburg man. 

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Amanda Burke can be reached at aburke@berkshireeagle.com or 413-496-6296.

Cops and Courts Reporter

Amanda Burke is Cops and Courts Reporter for The Berkshire Eagle. An Ithaca, New York native, she previously worked at The Herald News of Fall River and the Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise.

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