SAN DIEGO - A mental competency examination was ordered Thursday for a Mountain View man accused of fatally shooting a neighbor outside their apartment complex last fall.
Freddy Ovdulio Pacheco, 21, is charged with murder in the Oct. 18 slaying of 44-year-old construction worker Juan Carlos Martinez. If convicted, Pacheco faces 50 years to life in prison.
In court Thursday for a preliminary hearing, an attorney for the defendant told Judge Timothy Walsh that he doubted his client's ability to understand the charges against him and to assist in his own defense.
Walsh suspended criminal proceedings and ordered Pacheco to be evaluated by doctors. A hearing was scheduled for March 20.
At Pacheco's arraignment, Deputy District Attorney Jalyn Wang alleged that Pacheco fired five shots at the victim as he rode his bicycle home from an errand about 7 p.m. Oct. 18.
Martinez was hit twice, once in the buttocks and then in the back, which was the fatal shot, the prosecutor said. He died at the scene.
The motive for the slaying was unclear, though the two men apparently were acquainted and may have had some sort of "falling-out," police said.
Pacheco was arrested Nov. 7 at his family's residence in the 200 block of South 35th Street.