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Jury to decide murder suspect’s competency
February 07, 2014, 05:00 AM Daily Journal Staff Report

Marc Furlan

Two court-appointed doctors believe a Half Moon Bay man charged with killing an acquaintance at his father’s home is mentally fit for trial but a jury will have the final say on whether he is able to help defend himself against murder charges.

Three doctors actually evaluated Marc Anthony Furlan, 25, with the majority leaning toward him being competent. However, the defense has a right to a trial rather than have a judge decide based on the doctors’ reports. Trial is set for April 1 and its outcome will decide if Furlan stands trial on murder and weapons charges in the Oct. 17, 2002, death of Keith Coffey or is committed to a state mental facility.

Furlan and Coffey, 24, were acquaintances and reportedly argued before Coffey’s death at the Dell Road home of Furlan’s father. Prosecutors say Furlan killed Coffey 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.

A clear motive in the murder has never been publicly stated.

Furlan remains in custody without bail.



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