On Monday, a prison case was reopened towards a person accused of killing a lady in Niland earlier this 12 months.
Austin Medeiros, who’s accused of killing 28-year-old Emily Lobb in her residence on April 3, assaulting her caretaker, escaping police into site visitors, and attacking the warden with an improvised weapon, has been declared mentally competent by a psychologist, though his lawyer, Deputy Counsel for battle decision Owen Tipps, disagree.
“Mr. Tipps doesn’t agree with this view,” Deputy Dispute Decision Counsel R. J. Leoner mentioned on behalf of Tipps on the physician’s opinion listening to.
Earlier within the trial, Tipps expressed doubt about Medeiros’ psychological capability to supply significant help in his personal protection after a state hospital report concluded that Medeiros was mentally succesful. Tipps mentioned that Medeiros, regardless of being just lately injected with antipsychotics, had sure delusions that made it troublesome to supply efficient counseling.
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In her report, the psychologist famous that Medeiros would probably be incapacitated if she refused psychiatric medication.
Deputy District Legal professional Candice Myers didn’t object to Medeiros’ reinstatement.
“His signs are presently manageable,” Myers mentioned.
The report that Medeiros is competent was the third investigation into Medeiros’ psychological talents. The physician’s first report, shortly after the proceedings towards him started, declared him mentally incompetent, however the subsequent two studies contained the alternative opinion.
Choose Kelly Neal reopened the prison case towards Medeiros, who attended the listening to and is in custody. He appeared earlier than the court docket carrying a pink jumpsuit and chains, which signifies separation from the overall inhabitants of the jail.
Medeiros waived his proper to a 10-day preliminary listening to, extending it to a most of 60 days. His preliminary listening to is ready for February 1.
Medeiros additionally admitted to violating probation for a misdemeanor associated to being caught with hallucinogenic mushrooms in September 2017 after being arrested in July of that 12 months for possession of methamphetamine. 10 days of his sentence had been thought-about served, since he has been within the Humboldt County Jail since April.
Jackson Gilfoyle could be contacted at 707-441-0506.