The trial for the man accused of murdering a speed-camera operator as he sat parked on a Valley freeway has been delayed so psychologists can determine whether he is competent to be tried.
Thomas Patrick Destories, 68, was scheduled to stand trial on January 11 for a first-degree murder charge stemming from the murder of 51-year-old Doug Georgianni, as he sat in the back seat of a speed-camera van filling out paperwork on April 19 of last year.
According to authorities, Destories pulled behind the van and then next to it before firing.
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No motive has been released to the public, but it seems Destories was trying to damage the van, not the person sitting in the backseat filling out paperwork.
"I'm sorry. I was going to turn myself in,'' he told police when he was arrested. "I didn't mean for anyone to get hurt. I saw it on the news. The gun is in the saddlebag."
Destories attorney, Vanessa Smith, says in court documents uncovered by the Associated Press that her client has a history of mental illness dating back to 1970 and that he has acted paranoid during conversations with her. As a result, she's requested a psychological evaluation.
"Mr. Destories may presently be suffering from a mental disease or defect that affects his ability to understand the proceedings against him and to rationally assist in his own defense,'' Smith wrote in a court document.
Destories competency hearing is scheduled for tomorrow.