Crime

Man accused of stabbing Paso Robles resident is deemed incompetent to stand trial

John Frederick Woody, 28, of San Jose was arrested Monday, March 7, 2011, on suspicion of murder. Original story »
John Frederick Woody, 28, of San Jose was arrested Monday, March 7, 2011, on suspicion of murder. Original story »

A 28-year-old San Jose man who was arrested on suspicion of homicide in connection with the stabbing death of a Paso Robles resident has been found incompetent to stand trial.

John Frederick Woody was arrested after a police investigation into the homicide of 46-year-old Martin McWilliams at Paso Robles Laundromat in the 2800 block of Spring Street about 7 p.m. March 6.

Woody was arrested March 7 after Paso Robles police received a report that Atascadero officers had detained a man matching the suspect’s description. He had allegedly been acting suspiciously in a bank in the 7300 block of El Camino Real in Atascadero.

Paso Robles Police Chief Lisa Solomon said last month that Woody and McWilliams didn’t seem to know each other before the incident.

“At this point, there doesn’t appear to be any type of particular motive other than a random act of violence,” police Lt. Ty Lewis said Friday.

Woody appeared in San Luis Obispo Superior Court on March 10 for an arraignment in which he acknowledged mental health issues to Judge Michael Duffy, who on Thursday found him incompetent to stand trial.

Woody will receive treatment at Atascadero State Hospital. Further proceedings were set for July 19, during which the court will receive an update from hospital staff on his progress, county Assistant District Attorney Daniel Hilford said.

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