Diagnosis deems alleged killer of Anat Plinner mentally fit to stand trial

The 18-year-old alleged murderer of attorney Anat Plinner is not mentally ill and is fit to stand trial, according to a diagnosis filed to the Tel Aviv District Court Thursday. The defendant, identified as 'Tet' because he is still a minor, was charged earlier this year with stabbing Plinner in the stomach twice in April 2006 after demanding that she give him money. Plinner's two children were witness to the attack. Attorneys Moshe and Shira Maroz had argued that the youth could not be considered to have criminal responsibility for his actions. At the outset of the trial, the youth confessed to carrying out the murder, but claimed he was not responsible for his actions. The attorneys said they would appeal Thursday's decision. Rebecca Anna Stoil contributed to this report.