A judge had previously rejected Gilbert Jr's lawyer's plea for insanity, after he said his client had been seriously mentally ill and should not stand trial.
The attorney, Alex Spiro, is being paid for by his mother, Shelley Rea Gilbert.
My mom hated seafood so we would often go get fish together and make fun of people at work, school, etc. I always made sure everyone felt welcome and included.
My dad is tremendously funny and a phenomenal story teller. I wore the same pair of vans tennis shoes to school for 5 years straight, had long un-brushed hair, and wore oversized sweatshirts and jean shorts to school. Because I wasn’t popular and because I was picky, I didn’t go on a single date until I was almost 20 years old. I thought it best to not deal with this all in real time in hopes that my Dad would come to his senses.
Police say that Gilbert Jr staged the scene of his father's shooting in an attempt to make it look like a suicide - but his mother apparently had no doubt that it was murder most foul. Gilbert told Claire, "Dad's dead and Tommy shot him",’ Cirigliano said.