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Funds granted for psych evaluation

by Sheila Gardner
sgardner@recordcourier.com

A hearing is March 19 for a Carson City man accused of aggravated stalking to give a forensic psychologist enough time to review and prepare a psychological evaluation of the suspect.

District Judge Michael Gibbons granted lawyer Derrick Lopez’s request for funds to hire Dr. Joseph McEllistrem to evaluate his client, Michael Charles Meisler, 60, who was jailed in December on $50,000 bail.

“He’s had some evaluations done in Florida over the past 15 years, but the conclusions were not identical,” Lopez said. “We need an evaluation.”

Lopez said he was not questioning his client’s competence to stand trial on the felony charge.

He requested McEllistrem’s services as a forensic psychologist.

“This is the type of case where I think that expertise is warranted,” Lopez said.

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Prosecutor Karen Dustman agreed.

Meisler is accused of sending his former girlfriend threatening messages and allegedly being inside her home without permission.

The complaint against Meisler alleges that between Nov. 15 and Dec. 14, he sent multiple letters, text messages, newspaper clippings and other writings, and left messages for the woman in her home and taped to the garage.

The messages said, “Kill me if you can,” “you deserve everything coming to you as a result of your callousness,” “yours was a fatal decision,” according to the criminal complaint.

According to court documents, the woman reported that Meisler appeared to have been inside her home based on text messages he’d sent her.

When the woman arrived home, she found items she’d given Meisler in her front yard. A deputy called Meisler’s cell phone and told the man who answered that there was a restraining order against him.

She obtained an extended protection order from the court.

According to court documents, Meisler left notes on the victim’s phone, left them where her son could see them, and contacted her friends.

Meisler said he was an attorney, but according to the State Bar of Nevada’s Web site, he is not licensed to practice law here.

When asked by Gibbons on Monday, Meisler acknowledged several aliases.

“Previously, because of circumstances in my life, I wanted to put some distance with my given name,” he said.