Lawyers in court Thursday morning asked for more time to determine whether an Atasacadero man is mentally competent to stand trial for the killing of two sisters at Santa Margarita Ranch on Christmas evening.
Andrew Wesley Downs, 20, allegedly shot and killed sisters Kathy Yeager and Beverly Reilly, both of Owens Valley and in their 60s, at Santa Margarita Ranch on Dec. 25. Hours later he allegedly tried to beat a family friend, Glen Johnson, to death with a wrench in Atascadero.
In January, two doctors examined Downs, who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia. One psychiatrist determined that he was competent to stand trial while another found he was not competent.
Mental competency is based on whether a defendant can understand the nature of the charges and assist in the defense.
Attorneys in Judge John Trice's courtroom Thursday morning talked about coming to an agreement about whether Downs is mentally competent to stand trial, but said they needed more time to talk it over. They will next appear in court March 22.