By Dave Gathman
Further criminal court action against alleged animal hoarder William Tinkler has been delayed until his mental state can be tested.
As Tinkler went before Kane County Judge Kathryn Karayannis on Friday, defense lawyer Michael Reidy made a motion that he be tested for mental and physical fitness to stand trial. Karayannis ordered him to be evaluated by the Kane County Fitness Center and set a new hearing for 9 a.m. Jan. 10 in Elgin Branch Court. At that time, she said, she will rule whether he is fit to face the charges and, if so, he will be asked to plead guilty or not guilty.
Tinkler reportedly took care of dozens of stray cats at his Villa Street home before police found 43 dead animals in his van and temporarily declared his home uninhabitable because of unsanitary conditions.
After Friday’s hearing, Reidy said his client is a Vietnam War veteran and may be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Tinkler lived alone except for the numerous cats he reportedly took care of, although both Reidy and neighbors said Tinkler has a close friendship with Penny Knuth, the woman who owns his home but does not also live there..." More