Trial date for West Palm Beach teen 'doctor' reset for November

Posted at 10:05 AM, Aug 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-15 18:00:55-04

The accused fake teen doctor and his lawyer are still exploring the possibility of a mental health defense.

However, in order to move forward, his new attorney, Leonard Feuer, said Monday he still needs to get a hold of hundreds of pages of his client's medical records at St Mary's Medical Center.

Just last month, attorneys for Malachi Love-Robinson filed documents saying they are "exploring the viability of a defense focused on limitations presented by the defendant's mental health."

Because of the delay with the medical records, at a Monday hearing the defense also asked the judge to push back Love-Robinson's trial date once again, and the judge agreed.

The now 19-year-old Robinson is accused of pretending to be a doctor and treating patients without a medical license. He is also facing charges for stealing from an 86-year-old patient who says Love-Robinson was treating her.

Love-Robinson was not in court Monday, however Feuer asked the judge for more time while they work on getting previous medical records and evaluations from St. Mary's Medical Center, which may impact their decision to use the mental health defense.

The judge granted a motion Monday that would allow the court to pay for the costs to obtain those medical records from St. Mary's Medical Center, and that price is an estimated $1,600. 

Love-Robinson's attorney, who is doing the case pro-bono, says his client cannot pay for those documents, which is why Feuer filed for that motion. 

The judge pushed back the trial date a month, which is now scheduled for the beginning of November. This is at least the second time the judge has agreed to push back the trial date at the request of the defense.

However, the trial time frame continues to jeopardize the state's case since its main witnesses is the 86-year-old victim, and the prosecutors are concerned about her health as they wait for trial.