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Murder defendant fit for trial
January 24, 2014, 05:00 AM By Michelle Durand Daily Journal

Marc Furlan

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, according to a majority of court-appointed doctors.

Marc Anthony 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.

Two doctors had been divided earlier over Furlan’s competency but the third tie-breaker on Thursday tilted the balance. 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. The decision reinstates criminal proceedings against Furlan unless his defense attorney challenges the finding and seeks a trial. The case was put over until Deb. 5 for that decision and, if no challenge is launched, the setting of further proceedings.

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 clear motive in the murder has never come out.

“I think he might just be a violent guy who exploded in anger,” said prosecutor Sean Gallagher.

Furlan remains in custody without bail.

(650) 344-5200 ext. 102



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