Murder suspect ruled mentally incompentent

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An Alameda County judge ruled Thursday that Daniel DeWitt, the suspect in a Berkeley resident’s murder, is not mentally competent for a trial, according to the Oakland Tribune.

DeWitt, who has a history of mental illness, will instead be sent to a state hospital for treatment. DeWitt’s one charge of murder will be suspended until treatment is complete and he is mentally fit to stand trial, according to the Tribune.

DeWitt allegedly killed Peter Cukor with a ceramic planter outside Cukor’s home in February.

After DeWitt was first arraigned in court in February, a judge delayed the trial so he could be evaluated for mental competence.

Jaehak Yu covers city government.