RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A Riverside County man charged in three stabbing deaths of pedestrians who were strolling in their neighborhoods will be evaluated by doctors before a judge decides whether he can be tried for murder.
The Press-Enterprise reports a mental competency trial is set for Sept. 22 for David Rey Contreras of Perris.
Criminal proceedings against the 26-year-old were suspended in March over questions about his mental health.
Contreras has pleaded not guilty.
He allegedly attacked and stabbed to death 53-year-old Jose Apreza while Apreza was walking his dog in 2012.
Contreras is also charged with murder in the deaths of 51-year-old Maria Gonzalez and her 25-year-old daughter, Consuelo Gonzalez. They were both found lying in the street, bleeding from multiple stab wounds.
Prosecutors intend to seek the death penalty.
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