Hearing set for man accused of shooting wife

SAN DIEGO - A mental competency hearing will take place Friday for an 82-year-old man accused of shooting his wife of 54 years when she served him with divorce papers in La Mesa, a judge ruled today.

Clyde Jay Hayen is charged with attempted murder and assault. He allegedly opened fire inside the couple's home in the 7300 block of Princeton Avenue about 11:15 p.m. last June 20.

Paramedics took the 73-year-old victim to a hospital for treatment of gunshot wounds to her abdomen and one of her hands, La Mesa police Lt. Matt Nicholass said.

Hayen was bound over for trial after a preliminary hearing in August, then a mental competency evaluation was ordered to see if he understands the charges against him and can assist his attorney at trial.

Criminal proceedings are suspended while Hayen's competency is determined.

Hayen faces 24 years in prison if convicted, according to Deputy District Attorney Amy Bamberg Colby.


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