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Pacifica murder defendant fit for trial
May 08, 2014, 05:00 AM By Michelle Durand Daily Journal

Marc Furlan

A man accused of fatally stabbing and bludgeoning a friend at his father’s Pacifica home before dragging the body outside in a bid to hide was found mentally competent Wednesday to stand trial on murder and weapons charges.

Two court-appointed doctors had found Marc Furlan capable of aiding in his own defense but his attorney challenged the findings and asked for a trial. Both the defense and prosecutor agree to leave the decision to a judge rather than a jury and the result was Furlan being deemed competent. Criminal proceedings which had been on hold since August were reinstated and Furlan returns to court June 5 to set a trial date.

Furlan is charged in the Oct. 17, 2012, death of Keith Coffey. 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 stabbed and beat Coffey with a knife and hammer, leaving more than 50 wounds to his body. Two tenants fled the scene and contacted police who found Coffey in front of the home around 5:15 a.m. He was reportedly trying to clean up the scene by dragging the body outside, leaving a large trail of blood from the house.A clear motive in the murder has never been publicly stated. Coffey’s death was the first murder in Pacifica since 2000.

In March 2013, prosecutors avoided a preliminary hearing on the evidence by asking the criminal grand jury to indict Furlan on the charges. The indictment moved him directly into Superior Court but prosecution came to a halt when the defense questioned his competency. Sanity is one’s mental state at the time of an alleged crime while competency is his or her ability to aid in one’s own defense.

Furlan remains in custody without bail.



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