Delich defense attorneys chastised

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By Bob Richardson By Bob Richardson

TUCSON, Ariz. -- A Pima County superior court judge Tuesday strongly chastised defense attorneys for David Delich, charging they had shared information with their client from doctors assessing his competency to stand trial.

Delich is facing murder charges in the 2009 shooting death of Tucson police officer Erik Hite.

At a hearing before Judge John Leonardo, defense attorneys were asking for the latest medical records on their client as he undergoes rehabilitation therapy in Phoenix.  At the hearing, the prosecution advised the judge that the doctors feel their work has been compromised because the attorneys have told Delich they think he is "faking" it.

The judge refused to immediately hand over the latest medical records to the defense.

Delich is scheduled to stand trial in January, 2011 in the case, but that could be delayed if the issue of his competency isn't resolved by then.