Murder suspect’s trial delayed

ppemberton@thetribunenews.comMay 20, 2013 

A competency trial was postponed Monday for an Atascadero man charged with murder because his attorney needed more time to prepare, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

John Wesley Barrett, 43, is one of four people who were charged in the August 2011 murder of Robert Uyeno, 55, whose body was found at the Farmhouse Motel in Paso Robles. While three other defendants have been sentenced to lengthy prison terms, Barrett’s case was stalled once he was declared incompetent to stand trial.

According to court documents, Barrett has a low IQ and a developmental disability.

After months of treatment in state facilities, Barrett was due in court for a trial on his competency, but his trial date has been changed to July 18.

If he is declared competent, criminal proceedings would resume. If declared incompetent, Barrett would be sent for further treatment.

Uyeno was beaten, stabbed and had his throat cut in a meth-fueled robbery.

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