In February, the court appointed two doctors to evaluate Mr. Imrie for his competency to stand trial, and both concluded that he does not have that competency, prosecutors said. "Post traumatic stress," his attorney, Geoff Carr, said in summarizing the diagnosis.
Mr. Imrie was a Marine infantryman in Afghanistan, where his job included clearing of improvised explosive devices from roadsides, Mr. Carr said. He missed an IED that resulted in the death of an interpreter and serious injury to another Marine, the source of his psychological distress, Mr. Carr said.
Being declared incompetent in the present does not infer incompetence to stand trial in the future, nor does it imply insanity in the defendant, Chief Deputy District Attorney Karen Guidotti said in an interview.
In the Dec. 12 incident, Mr. Imrie allegedly threatened violence to himself and to his cousin in his cousin's Woodside home, prosecutors said. Deputies arrested Mr. Imrie at the Menlo Country Club, where he had fled after allegedly hitting his cousin with a shovel, prosecutors said.
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