Kori Muhammad, a 39-year-old Fresno resident, stands trial to determine his mental competency in the string of murders that ravaged the Californian town. Muhammad’s murders were racially-motived, according to the official report, but the recent tribunal has been convened to determine if the accused had any discernment at the time the murders were committed.
Fresno Serial Killer Lets the Voices Speak for Him
On Monday morning, Kori Muhammad’s hearing was convened. However, shortly after, the jury was forced to bring the hearing to an end, since the accused interrupted the court procedures on several occasions.
According to the Fresno County Sheriff’s deputies who oversaw Muhammad’s trial, the last thing the man uttered before he was forcefully removed from the court was “Watch the weather.” Muhammad, who stands on trial for the murder of David Jackson, Mark Gassett, Carl Williams, and Zack Randalls, claims that he is hearing voices all the time and that he is compelled to do or say whatever the voices command.
Of course, Muhammad’s erratic court behavior has sparked a debate over the authenticity of his mental conditions. While most agree that the alleged Fresno serial killer has serious mental issues, there are those who go as far as stating that Kori’s court reactions are much too studied and exercised to be true.
Speaking on Muhammad, Richard Beshwate, the accused’s attorney, declared during a press comment that Kori’s reactions are authentic and that his rants make sense if they are contextually interpreted.
Moreover, Beshwate said that most of the time, he understands what Muhammad is trying to say. Tony Capozzi, a legal analyst, involved in the Fresno serial killer’s case, stated that there’s no conflict of interest here as long as the attorney manages to decode the message conveyed by Kori’s head voices successfully.
Starting on Wednesday, Kori’s psychiatrists will be called in to testify on the accused’s mental competency. Should their appraisal determine that Muhammad was of sound mind at the time when the murders were committed, he will be tried to the full extent of the law.
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