suspect Wesley Lee Starritt, accused of killing an elderly Eureka man
and brutally stabbing two other people, has been found mentally
incompetent to stand trial.
Today Judge Timothy Canning, after receiving a doctor’s report stating Starritt is incompetent, referred him to the state agency Conrep to decide where he should be placed for treatment. Normally, incompetent inmates are sent to Napa State Hospital, where they stay until doctors believe their competence has been restored.
22, participated in the hearing from the video conferencing room in
the jail. Because he allegedly punched a jail officer in the head on
June 14, his hands were shackled behind his back and he was wearing
red, meaning he is segregated from the jail’s general population.
Canning asked Starritt whether he was willing to appear on camera
because of the coronavirus,
Starritt responded “Yeah, I am.”
Starritt is eventually ruled competent and is convicted of all
charges, he faces either the death penalty or life in prison without
possibility of parole. That’s because two so-called “special
circumstances” have been filed along with the murder charge. First,
it’s alleged he killed 84-year-old “Mitch” Clark during the
commission of a felony, in this case burglary. Also, it’s alleged
killing involved torture.
was found dead in his Campton Road home on May 20. One week earlier,
Starritt allegedly stabbed a 38-year-old woman multiple times,
stopping only because his knife blade broke. He is charged with
attempting to murder the woman, who was a stranger to him.
a month before that attack, Starritt walked up to a 43-year-old man
and began stabbing him, stopping when the knife blade broke.
In all three cases, a broken knife blade was found at the scene.
In 2018 Starritt was convicted of stabbing a 59-year-old man and served time in prison. He was released in March and allegedly committed his first stabbing just a few weeks later.
His next court date is July 14.
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