A homeless man in Santa Paula will not stand trial for murder in the fiery homicide of Antonio Fuentes.
Police say that Jorge Chavez, Jr., 36, set fire to Fuentes as Fuentes slept on a park bench in Veteran’s Park. Chavez’s court appointed psychiatrist said that Chavez is delusional and paranoid, so he is not competent to stand trial. Officials will transfer Chavez to a state psychiatric facility for treatment.
According to the prosecutor, Chavez may become competent to stand trial after treatment. Should that happen, he will return to Ventura County for a hearing regarding his mental status. Chavez could face first degree murder and arson charges only when doctors find him competent. He could also face special allegations of torture, heinous murder and using deadly weapons in the assault.
Santa Paula Murder Attorney
If you’re facing homicide charges, you need the assistance of an experienced murder attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of criminal defense. He has provided exceptional representation and counsel to thousands of Californians since 1984.
Competence is a central question in any criminal case, so your attorney must raise the issue of competence early. He or she must also fight aggressively for proper medical and psychiatric evaluations.
Mr. Helfend will fight aggressively for you in court, especially when the issue of competence is in play. Without being forced to examine the competence of a defendant, many prosecutors would happily convict mentally unstable individuals. This could put mentally ill people in danger of lifetime incarceration or even execution.
If you face felony charges like homicide, don’t settle for an attorney who won’t defend your rights. Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County murder case.
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