A San Mateo County judge ruled that Gregory Elarms, the accused murderer of East Palo activist, David Lewis, is now competent to stand trial. This ruling was made by San Mateo County Court Judge, Lisa Novak, at a competency hearing held in the San Mateo County Court on Wednesday, August 22.
In May 2012, Napa State Hospital doctors determined that he was restored to competency and was competent to stand trial, but his defense lawyer Jeff Boyarsky contested the court ruling and requested a new hearing, which was finally held on August 22.
Elarms is charged with fatally shooting Lewis in the back on June 9, 2010 as the victim entered his car in a parking lot at the Hillsdale Shopping Mall in the City of San Mateo. Lewis’ murder went unsolved for six months, even with the $50,000 reward money that was being offered to anyone who could give information that leading to the arrest of Lewis’ murderer.
Elarms, who was a childhood friend of Lewis’, was charged with the crime after he went to the San Mateo Police to give information that he hoped would enable him to collect the reward money. The police said that Elarms gave information that only the murderer could know.
After his arrest, Elarms was found incompetent to stand trial and was ordered committed to Atascadero State Hospital, where he was to be treated until he was ruled competent to stand trial. When he was brought back to court in July 2011, he was again ruled incompetent to stand trial and was ordered back to the state hospital for treatment.
Now that Elarms has been ruled competent to stand trial, he will be brought back to court on September 7, 2012 to enter a plea to the criminal charges filed against him. A jury trial date will then be set. In the meantime, he remains in custody on a no bail status.
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