Mental competency hearing for Taylor Swift fan rescheduled to February
Taylor Swift performing at Petco Park
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) - A mental competency hearing was rescheduled Monday to Feb. 22 for a man accused of jumping on stage at a Taylor Swift concert at Petco Park and seriously injuring a member of the singer's security team.
Christian Ewing, 26, is charged with felony assault and battery.
In November, Judge Steven Stone received a doctor's report on Ewing's competency, but Ewing's attorney asked for a second examination to determine if the defendant understands the charges against him and can assist in his own defense.
Since then, Ewing has refused to be evaluated again, prompting the judge to order another examination.
If Ewing refuses again, he is to be forcibly extracted from the downtown jail to be evaluated, the judge said.
Ewing faces four years in prison if convicted.
9/12/2015 - A man accused of crashing last weekend's Taylor Swift concert at Petco Park, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to felony assault and battery charges.
Christian Ewing, 26, allegedly hopped a fence during Saturday night's concert but was told by Swift's personal security guard, David Durkin, that he couldn't be in that area.
Ewing was handed over to Petco Park security and was being escorted out of the San Diego venue, but he escaped and ran onto the stage where Swift was performing her song "Style,'' Deputy District Attorney Jessica Coto said.
Durkin was able to get Ewing off the stage, but the defendant dropped his knee into Durkin's sternum, causing his ribs to pop up over his sternum, according to the prosecutor.
Coto said that Ewing gave police a false name after he was dragged off the stage.
Ewing said he went up on stage because he loves Taylor Swift.
Coto said Ewing had several arrests in multiple states, an active warrant for a theft-related offense out of Florida, and a felony conviction for transporting drugs from out-of-state.
Judge Jay Bloom ordered Ewing, who faces four years in prison if convicted of the felony charges, to stay away from Swift and her security team, Coto said.
The judge scheduled Sept. 14 readiness conference and Sept. 16 preliminary hearing dates.
Christian Ewing, 26, was ordered held on $100,000 bail.