Jury to Decide If Murder Defendant Is Competent to Stand Trial

By: Ja'Mein Beale - Thu, 19 Apr 2012 13:40:41 -0800

SANTA ROSA (BCN)--A Sonoma County jury will decide if a Santa Rosa man is mentally competent to stand trial for the murder of his father in November, a judge  decided Thursday morning.
     
Houston Herczog, 21, is charged with the stabbing murder of  63-year-old Mark Kevin Herczog in the kitchen of their Parkhurst Drive home  on Nov. 21. the elder Herczog later died at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. 
     
Two psychologists who examined Herczog since November determined  that he was competent to stand trial, but a third psychologist found him  incompetent.
     
Deputy Public Defender Karen Silver asked Sonoma County Superior  Court Judge Dana Simonds this morning for a jury trial on the competence  issue.
     
Simonds set a trial date of June 4. Herczog is being held without  bail in Sonoma County Jail.
 
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