SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A Mexican man who was acquitted of killing a woman on a San Francisco pier in a case that became a national flash point was found incompetent to stand trial Friday on federal gun charges.
U.S. District Court Judge Vince Chhabria said in a court order that a psychiatric evaluator had concluded Jose Inez Garcia-Zarate was not competent to stand trial “because of mental illness that is not presently being treated.”
Chhabria said he would meet with lawyers from both sides next week to discuss the next steps. If either side objects to the findings, a hearing would likely be required to examine Garcia-Zarate’s competency. If neither side disputes the findings, the court will discuss whether the defendant should be treated locally for mental illness or sent to a federal facility outside California.
Defense attorney Tony Serra said he would contest the finding.
“He is entitled to a hearing,” Serra said. “I’m protesting that he