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By Henrietta J. Burroughs        Follow East Palo Alto Today on
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Posted Tuesday, May 15, 2012       
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Doctors declared in court today that Gregory Leon Elarms, Sr, the accused murderer of East Palo Alto activist David Lewis, was mentally competent to stand trial for Lewis' murder.

Elarms' case was heard in the San Mateo County Court by Acting Criminal Presiding Judge Robert Foiles. Judge Foiles did not formally find Elarms restored to competence during the hearing. Elarms' defense attorneys can contest the doctors' findings. But, according to San Mateo County District Attorney, Steve Wagstaff, defense attorneys do not usually contest these rulings.

The response of Elarms' court appointed attorney, Jeff Boyarsky, will not be known until Elarms' next court appearance, which is scheduled for May 24.

Elarms was sent to Napa State Hospital when it was determined at a court hearing on July 7, 2011 that he was not competent to stand trial for Lewis' murder. Lewis was fatally shot on June 9, 2009 in a parking lot at the Hillsdale Shopping Mall, which is located in the City of San Mateo.

Lewis' murder went unsolved for six months, until Elarms contacted the police on December 18, 2010 to give them additional evidence that he said he had about Lewis' shooting. It was suspected at the time that he was attempting to collect the $50,000 reward money that would have been given to anyone who presented for information given that would lead to the apprehension and arrest of Lewis' murderer.

During his meeting with the police, Elarms gave a statement that implicated him in the fatal attack on Lewis.

Shortly after it he was determined that he was incompetent to stand trial, the court ruled that Elarms could be medicated if medication was deemed warranted.

Elarms will remain in custody on a “no bail status,” until his next court appointment.

To contact the author of this article, Henrietta J. Burroughs, email epatoday@epatoday.org


For background information on this article, click on the links below:

Suspected murderer Gregory Elarms pleads not guilty
David Lewis’ alleged murderer could get maximum penalty
San Mateo Police: Making an arrest for murder
Suspect arrested for the murder of David Lewis


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