Man Fatally Shot at a Harlem Inn

A hotel guest was shot and killed inside his room at the Harlem Bed and Breakfast early Thursday, the police said.

Responding to a 911 call at about 1 a.m., officers arrived at the brownstone inn, in the heart of Harlem’s cultural and historic section on West 120th Street, and found a 23-year-old man with a gunshot wound to his neck. The victim was taken to Harlem Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead. At the time of the shooting, both the victim and the suspected gunman, along with a female witness, were together in the room. The suspect fled the scene. Investigators have yet to determine a motive, the police said.

Scott Kinder, an innkeeper at Harlem Bed and Breakfast, did not immediately return a phone call Thursday morning.

Mary Graft, 18, who was visiting from Virginia with her family, was staying on the first floor of the bed-and-breakfast near a stairwell that leads down to the basement level, where the shooting is said to have occurred.

Her family heard arguing around midnight. “We heard talking,” she said. “It sounded like a bunch of people having a good time. Then later there was the screaming and then someone said ‘Oh my God, what happened?’”

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A Clerk With a Heart

Dear Diary:

When I moved into Manhattan from Long Island in 2004, I went to the Department of Motor Vehicles office on 34th Street to update my license to reflect my new address. I had sported a beard at the time and thought I wore it well.

After the photo was taken and processed, a motor vehicle agent with very long nails was looking at the photo on her screen, tapping her fingers and shaking her head in bewilderment. Looking up at me, she said I had better come around to her desk.

To my horror, I looked like Rasputin after the third assassination attempt had failed; definitely a mug shot candidate for “wanted” in several states.

“All I’m saying is if I looked like that, I’d want someone to tell me” she declared, “and this is what we’re going to do.” Passing her long fingernails over the keyboard, she said, “I’m going to hit ‘delete,’ and you and I are going to pretend we never saw that.”

And with that executive decision, my head shot taken 10 years earlier in 1994 was reinstated onto my license, where it remains to this day.

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Another Trial Is Scheduled for Man Charged in 2008 Killing of Psychologist

A man accused of murdering a psychologist in her Upper East Side office in 2008 is set to face trial next year, after his lawyers said Wednesday that they would not challenge a finding that he was mentally fit. A 2010 attempt to try the man, David Tarloff, ended in a mistrial after he became psychotic during jury selection.

Assessments of Mr. Tarloff, 44, have varied since he was charged with fatally stabbing Kathryn Faughey on Feb. 12, 2008.

But state psychiatrists determined in June that he was mentally healthy enough to participate in his own defense. On Wednesday, after his lawyers said they would not challenge the finding, Justice Edward J. McLaughlin of State Supreme Court in Manhattan scheduled Mr. Tarloff’s trial for Jan. 7, 2013.

As he has done repeatedly over the years, Mr. Tarloff interrupted the hearing with occasional outbursts, and he suggested that the district attorney’s office would not prosecute him if they knew his true history.

“Since I was 20, I’ve been having hallucinations about God and the devil,” he blurted out.

One of his lawyers, Bryan Konoski, told the judge that Mr. Tarloff had deteriorated since he was transferred from Bellevue Hospital Center to Rikers Island in June. Evan Krutoy, the assistant district attorney prosecuting the case, told Justice McLaughlin that he would work to see Mr. Tarloff returned to the hospital.

Mr. Tarloff’s legal team plans to pursue a defense that he was not guilty by reason of insanity, which they said would result in his being held, probably for the rest of his life, in a psychiatric facility instead of a prison.

Two of Dr. Faughey’s brothers, Michael and Owen Faughey, attended the hearing. They said later that they hoped Mr. Tarloff would be returned to Bellevue to receive enough medical attention to be ready for trial.

“We just want to make sure that he stays fit and stands trial and we can get this behind us once and for all,” Michael Faughey said.

A version of this article appeared in print on 08/16/2012, on page A21 of the NewYork edition with the headline: Another Trial Is Scheduled for Man Charged in ’08 Killing of Psychologist.

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