One Goh, the lone suspect in the mass shooting at Oakland's Oikos University in April, may not be mentally fit to stand trial, says his attorney, and now the case has been suspended pending a competency hearing.
Alameda County Superior Court Judge Carrie Panetta this week ordered that Goh be evaluated by two psychiatrists who will report their findings at a November 19 hearing. Goh's attorney, assistant public defender David Klaus, says Goh has refused to talk to him and told the court he has "doubts about the competency of Mr. Goh." After making that statement, Goh, who uses a Korean translator in court, shouted something unintelligible at Klaus. The judge told him he needed to be quiet.
Goh's preliminary hearing, to determine if there is enough evidence to move forward with a trial, is tentatively set for early 2013.
A Korean national and former nursing student at Oikos University, Goh is accused of seven counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder in the incident, which he confessed to a supermarket security guard shortly after it happened. The 43-year-old Goh cited anger over un-refunded tuition payments and an inability to get along with classmates as possible motives for the shooting.