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Man Arrested Near Onassis Home with Gun Able to Stand Trial

May 8, 1994

SOMERVILLE, N.J. (AP) _ The man who was carrying a gun and looking for Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ home on the 30th anniversary of her husband’s assassination is competent to stand trial, his lawyer says.

Attorney Anthony Mignella said an independent psychiatrist made that determination after examining Gary Lee Higgins of Garrett, Ind.

Higgins had refused to cooperate with state psychiatrists, Mignella told the Home News of New Brunswick in its Saturday editions.

Higgins was arrested Nov. 22, the 30th anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination. He had attracted police suspicion by asking for directions to Mrs. Onassis’ home in Bernardsville.

Police found a .44-caliber handgun containing six spent shells and a box of hollow-point bullets in his pickup truck.

Police said Mrs. Onassis was in Virginia at the time.

Higgins was indicted on charges of unlawful possession of a handgun and hollow-point bullets. He has been held at the Somerset County Jail since his arrest.