NEW BRITAIN – The Newington man accused of killing his wife and then shooting himself did not appear at his scheduled court appearance this morning due to his medical condition, court officials said.
Michael Torbicki, 45, was charged in October with the September 21 murder of his wife Patricia, 46, who was found by a neighbor shot to death in the front door of the couple’s Gilbert Road, Newington home.
Police said Torbicki then turned the gun on himself and was lying on the floor for hours and they tried to secure the home and figure out if he was still inside and armed.
He suffered a gunshot wound to face. Since his arrest in October he has been held on $2 million bond in a prison hospital wing. His attorney Jon Schoenhorn told New Britain Superior Court Judge Joan Alexander during a bedside arraignment in October that his client was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
Torbicki was scheduled to be transported to New Britain Superior Court today to make his first appearance in the felony court for the murder charge.
Schoehorn explained in court a few minutes ago that he and court officials decided not to have him transported to court due to his “medical condition.”
Alexander agreed to continue the case to allow Torbicki to appear in court by video conference on Dec. 13.