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Jury will not determine sanity of man accused in Paso Robles laundromat stabbing

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 »

On Thursday, a man accused of stabbing a stranger 22 times at a Paso Robles laundromat surrendered his right to have a jury in San Luis Obispo Superior Court determine whether he’s sane.

John Frederick Woody, 30, of San Jose has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to the March 6, 2011, killing of Martin McWilliams.

McWilliams, 46, was at the Paso Robles laundromat that evening when the 6-foot-6, 240-pound Woody allegedly walked in and stabbed him repeatedly. Police, who watched video surveillance of the attack, apprehended Woody the next day.

Initially declared incompetent to stand trial, Woody received mental health treatment at a state psychiatric facility and was later deemed competent to stand trial.

When his trial begins Oct. 22, a judge will determine whether he was sane at the time of the incident. Woody’s next pretrial hearing will be Oct. 2.

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