Summerlin hoarder undergoes mental health evaluation
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The man at the center of what's being called the
worst case of hoarding in Las Vegas history appeared
in court Tuesday for a mental health hearing.
Kenneth Epstein was charged with several misdemeanors related to
hoarding, including cruelty to animals.
At Tuesday's court appearance, the judge lowered Epstein's bail to
$10,000 cash (previously $15,000).
If Epstein makes bail, he'll have to live with a family member, he's
allowed no firearms or pets, he'll regularly get visited by city
inspectors, and he'll have to undergo counseling for compulsive
"Compulsive hoarding is a mental disorder," says therapist Claudia
Schwarz, who says it often needs counseling to treat.
Epstein's attorney, Kristina Wildeveld, repeatedly stated he has a
"He needs some counseling," says Wildeveld about her client, but also
notes he is very smart and aware of what's happening. "He's very
intelligent and an articulate man," comments Wildeveld, who also notes
Epstein has read four novels while in custody.
Prosecution did not talk to Action News.
A trial date has been set for December 6th at 10:00 am.