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Man found mentally unfit for trial in California killings

The Associated Press and the Los Angeles Times - May 31, 2017 11:29 am

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) – An Oklahoma man charged in the shotgun murders of a young mother and her 4-year-old daughter in Southern California has been found mentally unfit to stand trial.

The Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday (http://lat.ms/2rgKXFC ) that Brandon Colbert will undergo treatment at a state hospital until a judge deems him competent to face murder charges.

The Tulsa, Oklahoma, native is accused in the 2016 shooting deaths of 26-year-old Carina Mancera and her daughter Jennabel Anaya in Long Beach.

The newspaper says questions about Colbert’s mental health and his insistence on acting as his own attorney were the focus of pretrial hearings.

Jason Sias, an attorney appointed by the court to represent Colbert at the competency hearing, said it’s unlikely Colbert’s mental health will be reevaluated until he spends at least 90 days in a hospital.

 

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