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Wed Aug 3, 2016, 08:36 AM

Mental exam ordered for accused serial killer of San Diego homeless

Source: Reuters

Business | Tue Aug 2, 2016 10:19pm EDT

Mental exam ordered for accused serial killer of San Diego homeless

LOS ANGELES | BY STEVE GORMAN

A San Diego man charged with attacking five homeless men by driving railroad spikes into his victims' heads, killing three of them, was ordered on Tuesday to undergo a psychiatric exam to determine if he is mentally competent, a prosecutor said.

Jon David Guerrero, 39, who is also accused of setting fire to two of his victims, was arrested last month as the lone suspect in a violent crime spree that terrorized the homeless community of California's second-largest city.

Jailed without bond, he is charged with three counts of murder, two counts of attempted murder and two counts of arson.

Guerrero appeared in San Diego County Superior Court for arraignment on Tuesday but entered no plea.

The criminal proceedings were suspended after the defense raised questions about his mental fitness, and the judge ordered Guerrero to submit to an evaluation by a court-appointed panel of doctors, Deputy District Attorney Makenzie Harvey said.

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