Judge questions mental competency of man accused of trying to stab boy to death – East Bay Times – California News

Judge questions mental competency of man accused of trying to stab boy to death – East Bay Times – California News

MILLBRAE — A judge has suspended criminal proceedings against a South San Francisco man accused of trying to stab a 13-year-old boy to death in front of the Millbrae Library in June.

Nelson Tolentino 

Nelson Tolentino, 44, was slated to enter a plea Wednesday in San Mateo County Superior Court, but his court-appointed attorney, John Mays, expressed doubts about his client’s mental competency to stand trial.

Two doctors now will be appointed to assess whether Tolentino should be tried or committed to a state hospital, said District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe. The process typically takes about six weeks.

Tolentino is charged with attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and child abuse.

Prosecutors say Tolentino stabbed the 13-year-old boy multiple times with a 4-inch folding knife in a seemingly random attack June 9 in front of the Millbrae Library. The victim needed 200 stitches to close injuries including a severed artery in his right arm.

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