Boy accused of stabbing friend to appear in court
SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A mental competency hearing is scheduled Tuesday for an
11-year-old East County boy accused of fatally stabbing a 12-year-old friend in
the driveway of the younger boy's home last January.
Defense attorneys last month told a judge that they doubted the boy was
able to understand the charges against him and assist in his defense.
Juvenile Court Judge Cynthia Bashant may rule on the issue of competence
today, or attorneys may ask for more evaluations, Deputy District Attorney
Victor Barr said.
Described by neighbors as a troubled youngster prone to outbursts of
anger and aggression, the accused, then 10, allegedly stabbed Ryan Carter in
the chest about 1:15 p.m. on Jan. 16.
If convicted of murder and assault, the child could be held in the
juvenile justice system until age 25, Barr said. A child under 14 cannot be
tried in adult court, where the objective is punishment, not rehabilitation,
the prosecutor said.