by: Kerry Kavanaugh Updated:GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. —
A December trial date has been set for DragonCon co-founder Edward Kramer, who is accused of child molestation.
Kramer entered the courtroom in a wheelchair, equipped with an oxygen tank and hearing aid.
"He's in terrible shape in our judgement," said Kramer's defense attorney McNeill Stokes.
The defense team spent about 90 minutes laying out his numerous medical conditions – a neck injury, thyroid problems, diabetes, staph infections, sleep disorders and COPD.
Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter said Kramer is fit to stand trial. Porter said he believes Kramer has spent years misleading the court.
"He's not faking it," said Stokes. "You all heard the testimony."
Dr. Lloyd Jacobs, head of the infirmary at the Gwinnett County Jail, has examined Kramer weekly since January.
Kramer's criminal case began in 2000 when he was charged with molesting three children. He was released on bond, but re-arrested in
Connecticut in 2011 after being accused of having unsupervised contact with a 14-year-old boy in a hotel room.
"He wants to go to trial," said Stokes.
Stokes said Kramer will need reasonable accommodations to make sure he can make it through the trial each day.
Jacobs testified he believes Kramer could do two four-hour sessions with an hour and a half break in between.
But it is expected that more medical experts will testify before a final decision is made about accommodations.