On April 2, 2012, a gunman opened fire in the classroom of a small Christian college in Northern California, killing six people and injuring another five. The suspect in the case, One Goh, is charged with seven counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder in the case.
On Monday, a judge ruled that Goh was not mentally fit for trial, according to Fox News. Alameda Country Superior Court Judge Carrie Panetta decided to put the case on hold, until Goh can be declared fit to stand trial for the shootings. Two psychiatric evaluations allegedly concluded that Goh suffers from paranoid schizophrenia.
Relatives of the victim’s have reportedly suggested that Goh is faking symptoms as a means to delay his sentencing, but Alameda County Assistant Public Defender David Klaus maintains that Goh will stand trial once he is able.
“I just want to make sure it’s understood that this is a temporary suspension of proceedings in this case,” Klaus said. “This is really about his present mental status and the Constitution demands he be competent and be able to understand and rationally participate in the proceedings.
“And, right now, he can’t do that.”
Klaus added that Goh is a “deeply troubled man” who is locked up in “shame, remorse and sadness.”
“He’s not eating,” Klaus said of the suspect. “He’s not taking care of himself.”
Examiners found that Goh apparently suffers from hallucinations and delusions and harbors a “deep mistrust” of people, even those trying to help him.
Authorities previously reported that Goh planned his attack on the small college after a tuition dispute. He had previously dropped out of the school’s nursing program.
Goh’s next court appearance is set for January 28, where the court will likely decide where Klaus’ client should be placed “in order to regain his competency.” According to Klaus, the goal is to eventually transfer Goh to a facility — likely Napa State Hospital — where “he is expected to be restored to competency with a combination of medication and therapy.”