A Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge ruled Tuesday that Everett Thompson, who is charged with attempted murder with a hate crime enhancement, is incompetent to stand trial at this time.
Prosecutor Peter Waite said Thompson, who was 20 when he allegedly stabbed a Sikh neighbor in the neck, will return to Judge Jerome E. Brock's court April 6 for a placement hearing. Waite expects Thompson, a Santa Clara resident, to be sent to a state mental hospital.
Once hospital staff determine Thompson has regained competency, Waite said, the district attorney's office will prosecute him. Waite added that Thompson could again challenge his competency to stand trial, meaning the court would again make the determination.
Thompson's attorney, Carlyle Glenfield Varlack Jr., called the decision "the correct thing to do. "
On July 30, Thompson allegedly approached his neighbor, Iqubal [sic] Singh, 40, and stabbed him in the neck. Singh was standing in his carport with his 2-year-old granddaughter around 10:50 a.m., waiting for other family members before leaving for worship services. Thompson reportedly believed in error that Singh was a member of the Taliban.[Link]
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