A dentist in New Jersey was killed by a man who called himself a “truly evil and evil man” who was threatening to kill the dentist and steal his car, according to a report in the New York Times.
According to the report, an informant had identified the man as Mozart, who is in his 60s and has been in and out of prison since he was charged in August 2015 with first-degree murder for the 2015 death of his brother-in-law, Charles L. Schmitt, 63, according a news release.
Police say the elder Schmitt had dementia, but they didn’t say how the man managed to survive a gunshot wound to the head that left him paralyzed and brain-damaged.
The police report says the elder man “appeared in a rage” and “initiated a verbal attack against Dr. Mozarts family” and that the elder person “refused to leave his residence” and called police to report the incident.
According the Times, investigators later learned that Mozart had been hospitalized several times in the last several years for mental illness, including for psychosis and bipolar disorder, and was known to be a compulsive liar.
Investigators are now looking into the circumstances surrounding the attack and whether there was a conspiracy.
The Times reports that police have been investigating the case since the elder Mozart was charged and said they are looking into whether there are additional suspects.