Two court-appointed doctors are divided whether a Half Moon Bay man accused of stabbing and beating an acquaintance 50 times after an argument at his father’s home last year is mentally fit for trial.
The split decision means a third doctor will tilt the balance over Marc Anthony Furlan’s competency and determine if he’ll face hospitalization or incarceration for murder.
Judge Barbara Mallach appointed a third doctor and ordered that report back Jan. 23.
Competency is a person’s ability to aid in his or her own defense unlike sanity which is a person’s mental state at the time of an alleged crime.
Furlan, 25, is charged with using a deadly or dangerous weapon to murder Keith Coffey, 24, on Oct. 17, 2012, before trying to clean up the bloody scene. Coffey’s death was the first murder in Pacifica since 2000.
Furlan and Coffey were acquaintances and reportedly argued before Coffey’s death. Prosecutors say Furlan killed Coffey in the Dell Road house and dragged the body outside before trying to clean the scene. Two tenants fled the scene and contacted police who found Coffey in front of the home around 5:15 a.m.
Furlan was reportedly trying to dispose of the body when police arrived and had left a wide swath of blood from the house to outside. His father was not home at the time of the incident.
A motive in the murder has not been released.
In March, the criminal grand jury indicted Furlan for murder which negated the need for a preliminary hearing on the evidence. Five months later, Furlan’s defense attorney raised the question of his client’s competency.
Furlan remains in custody without bail.
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