Money sought to determine competency in stalking case
January 13, 2012
The defense attorney of a man accused of aggravated stalking is seeking to learn if his client is competent to stand trial.
Michael Charles Meisler, 60, appeared with attorney Derrick Lopez on Friday morning in East Fork Justice Court.
Lopez asked Justice of the Peace Tom Perkins to send the case to district court where funding is available to pay for a competency evaluation.
If Meisler is determined to be competent, then he would return to justice court for further proceedings. Perkins issued a Jan. 23 district court date.
“While you’re talking to the people doing the evaluation, keep an open mind about what they’re saying,” Perkins advised Meisler.
Meisler is accused of sending his former girlfriend threatening messages and allegedly being inside her home without permission.
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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.
Meisler is in Douglas County Jail on $50,000 bail where he has been held since his arrest on Dec. 15.
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.
Records indicate he has two felony convictions in Florida for similar offenses.