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Mon Mar 20, 2017, 03:43 PM

Update: Accused serial killer of San Diego homeless declared fit for trial

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Source: Reuters

Original headline: Accused serial killer of San Diego homeless faces competency hearing

U.S. | Mon Mar 20, 2017 | 5:58pm EDT

Accused serial killer of San Diego homeless declared fit for trial

By Marty Graham | SAN DIEGO

A San Diego man charged with impaling five street people with railroad spikes, killing three of them, was declared on Monday to be mentally fit for trial in a crime spree that terrorized the homeless community of California's second-largest city last summer.

Jon David Guerrero, 40, who has a history of mental illness and lived in "supportive housing" for homeless and individuals with special needs before his arrest, is expected to enter a plea to charges of murder, attempted murder and arson when he returns to court next month.

During a brief hearing in Diego County Superior Court, defense lawyers accepted the finding of doctors treating Guerrero that he been restored to mental competency, meaning he is capable of understanding the charges against him and assisting in his own defense.

Judge David Danielsen agreed, officially declared Guerrero fit for trial and ordered him to return to court on April 4 for arraignment.

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Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-california-homeless-killings-idUSKBN16R0S8

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