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Doctors split over arson suspect’s competency
December 21, 2013, 05:00 AM Daily Journal Staff Report

Hugo Carranza

A 66-year-old house cleaner who already spent several months committed after his arrest for allegedly torching a car at the Daly City Department of Motor Vehicles may be looking at a return visit.

But two court-appointed doctors are divided over Hugo Carranza’s ability to aid in his own defense which means a third must determine if he is currently competent. That tie-breaking decision is due Jan. 30.

Carranza, whose vehicle had been towed by San Francisco police in October 2011, due to an expired registration, reportedly paid fines at the DMV office but could not get his car released. On April 23, 2012, he allegedly filled a bottle with oil or gas, randomly selected what he thought was an employee’s vehicle and poured the liquid over two tires before lighting them on fire. The 2008 Cadillac Escalade was scorched and the flames also damaged a Honda in an adjacent space.

A witness reported seeing Carranza walk away from the scene and the arson was reportedly caught on tape. At the scene, Carranza walked up to a police lieutenant and said “I’m the one who did it,” according to prosecutors.

Before he could stand trial last year, Carranza was declared incompetent. This past August, he returned to San Mateo County for prosecution after hospital staff declared him restored. In November 2013, his defense attorney again raised the issue.

Carranza remains in custody on $100,000 bail.

 

 

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