Denver-Lawyers said on Wednesday that a judge has approved the mandatory medication of a mentally ill Danish man accused of arson and burned 149 houses in Colorado in 2018.
The development was disclosed at a court hearing in Jesper Joergensen, one of his lawyers opposed the judge’s decision in another Pueblo lawsuit.
Attorney Jane Fisher-Byrialsen said that at the August 31 hearing, an order allowing Joergensen to take the drug for six months was issued without notifying the defense. She said she intends to appeal.
Aaron Pratt of the Colorado Attorney General’s Office said the hearing notice had been mailed to David Lipka, another lawyer at Jorgensen, but Lipka said he did not receive it.
After Joergensen was diagnosed with delusional disorder, he was repeatedly found unable to stand trial for suspected arson that caused Spring Creek Fire. His lawyer said that he refused to take drugs to treat his condition because his delusions made him believe that he was good and did not need them.
Joergensen was transferred to the Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo in June, and a psychiatrist recently advised him to receive compulsory medication.