Man charged in stabbing at Paso Robles motel deemed still incompetent to stand trial

ppemberton@thetribunenews.comNovember 16, 2012 

John Wesley Barrett, 41, of Atascadero was arrested Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011, on suspicion of murder and conspiracy to commit murder. Original story »

One of four people charged in a fatal Paso Robles stabbing is still incompetent to stand trial, a judge was told Thursday.

During a Superior Court hearing Thursday, it was announced that John Wesley Barrett, 42, of Atascadero, was still unable to assist his own defense due to mental illness.

Barrett was one of four people charged in the drug-related murder of Robert Kenichi Uyeno, who was found dead in his room at the Farmhouse Motel in Paso Robles on Aug. 22, 2011. In December 2011, an initial mental health report found Barrett incompetent because he is developmentally disabled. Superior Court Judge John Trice then ordered more mental screening, and Barrett was sent to a mental health facility for treatment.

Barrett’s mental health will be reviewed again May 14.

Barrett is one of several recent defendants with mental health issues. Another one, John F. Woody Jr., will claim he was insane when he stabbed a man to death at a Paso Robles Laundromat during the second phase of his trial, which begins November 26.

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