Former doctor John Lutz of Silver Spring was convicted for the murder of Nicole Castro Friday.
The jury deliberated for two hours over two days and convicted Lutz of first-degree murder after he was previously deemed not competent to stand trial.
According to police, the 78 year-old Lutz stabbed Castro to death in 2002 after she was scheduled to visit Lutz as part of her work as a counselor for Threshold Services that specializes in helping people with mental illnesses.
“John Lutz killed Nicole Castro, a young woman with so much kindness and potential both personal and professional, a social worker who was visiting Dr. Lutz to help him; yet he harmed her in the most grievous way possible,” said State’s Attorney for Montgomery County John McCarthy.
For 14 years, Lutz had been deemed incompetent and had been institutionalized. In addition to the guilty verdict of first-degree murder, the jury found Lutz competent, able to distinguish right from wrong and criminally responsible for Castro’s death.
Judge Ronald Rubin will sentence Lutz on Dec. 29 in Montgomery County Circuit Court, where he will face the possibility of life in prison without parole.
This story will be updated in this week’s version of the Sentinel.