Judge: Harold Ortiz fit to stand trial for gruesome Schenectady case

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A judge has ruled that a man accused of burying a man alive next to a dead woman is fit to stand trial.

It was one of the more gruesome cases to hit the Capitol Region.

The man was found alive in the basement of a Schenectady apartment after police were called in for a welfare check. A strong, rotten odor led them to the body of the woman.

Police arrested Harold Ortiz.

Police say at the time, Ortiz had spent the last 17-years in prison and was released only two months before the incident.

A trial date has not yet been set.

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