Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Accused California mass murderer can’t stand trial

SANTA ANA, California. On Friday, a judge ruled that a man accused of killing four people in a shootout at a Southern California real estate office cannot stand trial because of his injuries in a shootout with police.

Aminadab Gaxiola Gonzalez was shot in the head and his lawyer said he may not be able to understand the charges against him. According to The Orange County Register, he did not appear at the hearing and showed no obvious reaction to the proceedings.

The case was suspended indefinitely.

The county attorney’s office said that every medical examiner who evaluated Gaxiol Gonzalez concluded that he was not competent to help his lawyers because of “deficiencies” caused by the injury.

“He will now be examined by medical specialists who will help the court determine his future placement and treatment plan in order to restore his legal capacity,” the district attorney said in a statement. “He will still be in the isolation ward.”

Police say Gaxiola Gonzalez opened fire on March 31 on Unified Homes, a mobile home brokerage in Orange, southeast of Los Angeles.

The authorities were forced to use a bolt cutter to break the bicycle locks that used to lock the gates of the business complex.

Family members of the victims were in the courtroom, where Orange County Supreme Court Judge Cherie Pham told them that the case could not continue unless the defendant was found competent.

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“Everything that is happening now is beyond any control,” Pham said, as reported by The Register.

“We are fighting the system, but we cannot do anything,” said Raquel Ramirez Quiros, an aunt of one of the victims. “This is just a nightmare and we cannot wake up … I hope it will happen faster because the justice we are not seeking is tearing this family apart.”

Gaxiola Gonzalez charged with murder in special circumstances in connection with the murder of 28-year-old Genevieve Raigosa; Louis Tovar, 50; Leticia Solis Guzman, 58; and Matthew Farias, 9 years old. He is also charged with attempted murder of Matthew’s mother, Blanka Ismeralda Tamayo, and allegedly shooting two officers who were not injured.

The authorities did not disclose the motives behind the attack. His ex-wife has been in the business for over ten years. But Aleida Mendoza told The Associated Press in a text that she and Gaxiola had been separated for two years, and “he never told me anything about where he was staying or what he was doing.”

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