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Hospital returns man accused in Redwood City hammer attack
May 07, 2013, 05:00 AM Daily Journal Staff Report

Lawrence Buffington

The second-striker committed to a state hospital after he allegedly hit his stepbrother in the head with a hammer over alleged images of his girlfriend is now competent to stand trial, according to doctors at the facility.

Lawrence Lee Buffington, 47, has been at Napa State Hospital since December after two court-appointed doctors found him unable to aid in his own defense against charges of felony assault, assault with force, making criminal threats and violating his parole. Criminal proceedings will now be reinstated unless the defense contests the competency finding and requests a trial.

Redwood City police arrested Buffington in June 2012 after being told by his hospitalized stepbrother that the man had struck him in the head with the tool during an argument. The victim also told authorities Buffington accused him of having an affair with his girlfriend after finding a photograph.

However, Buffington’s girlfriend previously told the Daily Journal Buffington’s stepbrother was the one who asked him to move in to his Redwood City residence. She said Buffington also told her immediately after the confrontation that he had found videos and photographs of his stepbrother harming her. The woman said there was no truth to anything in the alleged images and she had not seen anything herself.

The victim, who suffered a fractured skull, was treated at Sequoia Hospital, whose staff alerted police.

Buffington remains in custody without bail.



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