Roundup: Peñasquitos Homicide; Freeway Shooting; Officer Death

Quick updates on the Rancho Peñasquitos double homicide, the 163 freeway shooting and charges filed in the death of Officer Chrisopher Wilson.

Here is a roundup of local crime stories from Tuesday:

  • Rancho Peñasquitos homicides: A judge ruled Tuesday that Brian Williams, 24, who is accused of , is to undergo an evaluation to determine if he is mentally competent to stand trial. At arraignment last week, Williams' attorney said his client had been diagnosed with schizophrenia but was not undergoing treatment at the time of the alleged murders. Williams' mother, Donna Williams, was a veteran San Diego police detective in the Child Abuse Unit, and his sister, Briana Williams, had recently graduated from Mount Carmel High School.
  • Freeway shooting: The trial against a man accused of shooting a University of San Diego student, and , has been set for Oct. 17. Stephen Dragasits, 58, also pleaded not guilty to two counts each of attempted murder, shooting into an occupied vehicle and assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury. He faces 43 years to life in prison if convicted.
  • Death of Officer Chrisopher Wilson: Three people charged with murder in connection with the at a Skyline apartment pleaded not guilty to charges on Tuesday. None of the three is thought to have fired any shots at any of the officers, but they may have conspired to obstruct justice during the fatal probation compliance search at the apartment where Wilson was shot, Deputy District Attorney Michael Runyon said. The three defendants are: Alex Charfauros, 27; Patrick Luangrath, 20; Melissa Ortiz, also known as Melissa Padilla. Two others in the apartment—Holim Lee and his girlfriend, Lucky Xayasene—committed suicide.

City News Service contributed to this report.


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