ORANGE COUNTY, California – SANTA ANA (CNS) – An Orange County Superior Court judge on Thursday suspended legal proceedings in the case against a man accused of killing four people in a shooting in Orange while two medics will examine the
defendant to determine if he is able to assist in his defense.
Aminadab Gaxiola Gonzalez, 44, was shot to the head in the March 31 shooting and had to have part of his brain removed during the operation.
He has been described as a stroke patient struggling to regain his ability to walk and speak, but he has shown signs of progress, but not enough for his lawyers to tell the court if they can communicate enough. with him so that he can help him in his defense.
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One of Gonzalez’s attorneys, Ken Morrison, told Orange County Superior Court Judge Cheri Pham: âAt present he is mentally incapable of assisting a lawyer in his defense. In addition, he may be unable to understand
the nature of the criminal proceedings brought against him.
This prompted Pham to stay the court proceedings and appoint two doctors to determine his mental fitness to assist him in his defense. In the event of a dispute, a third doctor will be appointed to decide.
It is most often declared for defendants with psychiatric health problems. If it turns out that Gonzalez is unable to assist in his defense at the moment, then he would be placed in a facility where he would be treated until he recovers sufficiently for legal proceedings to resume. .
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Lawyers will return to court on August 6 to report what doctors have determined.
Gonzalez was indicted on April 2 with multiple murder and attempted murder charges, making him eligible for the death penalty if convicted.
Prosecutors have not decided whether or not to prosecute the death penalty. The charges against Gonzalez include four counts of murder, two counts of attempted murder of a police officer and one count of attempted murder.
Gonzalez also faces a special circumstance allegation of multiple murders and sentencing enhancements alleging personal unloading of a gun causing death, premeditation, personal unloading of a gun causing serious injury , the personal use of a firearm and the personal unloading of a firearm.
Police said Gonzalez specifically targeted Unified Homes, a real estate company selling manufactured homes, at 202 W. Lincoln Ave., and personally or professionally knew all of the victims, who were identified by police as a 50-year-old corporation. -owner Luis Tovar; her daughter, Jenevieve Raygoza, 28; Matthew Farias, 9 years old; and employee of the company Leticia Solis Guzman, 58 years old.
Raygoza, who worked for her father’s company, is survived by her husband and two young children. The mother of the 9-year-old, Blanca Ismeralda Tamayo, was hospitalized in critical condition but has since been released from the hospital.
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Tovar’s friend Alec Torres said after the hearing that the decision to stay the case indefinitely was “heartbreaking.”
Torres said Tovar has been one of his best friends since elementary school.
âUnfortunately, with a case like this, these are the steps they take,â Torres said. “It’s very frustrating not having any of the answers we want to know. It’s heartbreaking … And now, unfortunately, there is no end of the road.”
Torres said he was supposed to meet Tovar on the night of the shooting, but was delayed, “otherwise I wouldn’t be here to talk to you.”
He said it was difficult to take trips or activities that they did every year for the past few months.
âNot having my friend there was indescribable,â Torres said.
The first of several 911 calls arrived seconds before 5:35 p.m. on March 31, according to Lt. Jennifer Amat of the Orange Police Department. The caller said a man was shooting at a business across the street, she said. The first officers arrived at the scene at 5:36 p.m.
Police were initially unable to enter due to the bike locks the suspect used to secure the north and south doors of the interior courtyard, Amat said. Two policemen spotted him in the yard, and the shooting
who left Gonzalez injured came through the door before they could enter, Amat said.
A sergeant who responded to the scene had bolt cutters in the police car that officers were using to cut the locks, she said. After entering the courtyard, officers attended to the suspect and the boy’s mother. Officers eventually found three other deceased victims. A woman was found on an outside landing upstairs; a man was found inside an office building; and another woman was found inside a separate building.
Police recovered a semi-automatic handgun inside the compound, along with a backpack containing pepper spray, handcuffs and ammunition believed to belong to the suspect, Amat said.
Gonzalez, whose last known address was in Fullerton, was recently living in a motel room in Anaheim, Amat said, and arrived at the company in a rental car.
Further details on Gonzalez’s background were not provided, but Amat said “the preliminary reason would relate to a business and personal relationship” between the suspect and the victims.
Gonzalez’s ex-wife Aleyda Mendoza worked for United Homes. According to Orange County Superior Court records, Gonzalez was charged in April 2015 with the offenses of child abuse and endangerment, assault with a deadly weapon, deterring a witness from reporting a felony and bodily harm in a case where he allegedly assaulted a boy in his care or guard with an umbrella on March 31, 2015, in Anaheim.
The counts of child abuse, assault with a deadly weapon and deterrence of a witness were dismissed on November 30, 2015, and the battery charge was dismissed on September 26, 2017, due to ‘a law that allows convictions to be overturned if an accused successfully clears probation.