A159741

The Court of Appeal held that the trial court erred in failing to hold a new competency hearing, despite defense counsel repeatedly declaring a doubt as to appellant’s competence after returning from Napa State Hospital, where the trial court became aware that appellant had stopped taking his psychotropic medication (a condition mental health experts reported and testified appellant’s competence depended on) and the court could see that appellant’s mental condition had deteriorated. The Court further found that a retrospective competency hearing would not be an appropriate remedy in this case and reversed the judgment of conviction.

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