Man Accused of Beating Two Children to Death With Baseball Bat Found Incompetent
The man charged in the 2008 beating death of two Phoenix boys was found incompetent to stand trial today and will be sent to a mental health facility
Joe Sauceda Gallegos, 38, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder after he allegedly beat two young boys to death with a baseball bat a few days before Christmas in 2008.
The boys, 7-year-old Jesse Ramirez and 10-year-old Edwin Pellecier, were cousins. Their bodies were found in a playground near 91st Avenue and Broadway Road on December 23, 2008.
Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Warren Granville found that Gallegos didn't understand the charges against him and would be unable to assist in his own defense. Rather than face murder charges, Gallegos will be sent Desert Vista Behavioral Health Center for an in-patient evaluation.
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