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News - April 10, 2013

Judge finds veteran not fit to stand trial for attack

A San Mateo County Superior Court judge has found a military veteran not competent to stand trial on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and attempting to disarm a police officer in Woodside, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

Milo Mcintosh Imrie, 23, pleaded not guilty to all charges in December and has been in county jail on $25,000 bail. A hearing is set for May 15 to determine his future custody. Were Mr. Imrie to make bail, he would have to stay in a residential treatment center, prosecutors have said.

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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