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Man incompetent for attempted murder trial
August 23, 2014, 05:00 AM Daily Journal Staff Report

Raymond Iwase

An elderly man who prosecutors say fired a gun at his former doctor inside Seton Medical Center in Daly City over earlier pain treatment is not mentally fit to stand trial for attempted murder, according to two-court appointed doctors.

The doctors agreed Raymond Iwase, 85, of Daly City, is not able to aid his defense attorney against that charge plus one of assault with a deadly weapon in the April 23 shooting.

Competency is a person’s ability to aid in his or her own defense while sanity is a person’s mental state at the time of a specific incident.

The conclusion means Iwase will be sent to a state mental facility for treatment rather than stand trial and face imprisonment. If doctors ever feel Iwase is mentally restored, he will return to San Mateo County for prosecution.

Iwase allegedly went to the medical office at 1500 Southgate Ave. on April 23, located the doctor and starting shooting at him. The doctor wasn’t injured in the shooting and Iwase was later taken into custody at his home where police also discovered a different firearm.

Iwase was reportedly angry with the doctor for pain treatment he received years ago that he said wasn’t effective.

His attorney first raised doubts about his competency in July at what was to be his preliminary hearing. Criminal proceedings have been suspended since then and will remain on hold.

Iwase remains in custody on $2 million bail and returns to court Oct. 7 for a formal placement hearing.

 

 

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