Jury to decide mental capacity of accused Fresno gunman

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Jurors will decide whether a man accused in a shooting rampage in downtown Fresno has the mental capacity to stand trial on four murder charges.

Kori Ali Muhammad's mental competency must be resolved before the criminal case goes forward.

Police say the 39-year-old wandered a downtown Fresno neighborhood and gunned down three men on April 18. Police say that days earlier he shot a motel security guard.

Authorities have said Muhammad, who is black, targeted the men because they were white.

Three doctors who examined Muhammad didn't agree on whether he could help his attorney mount a defense.

Defense attorney Richard Beshwate says his client suffers from schizophrenia.

He says if jurors agree, Muhammad will be treated at a state hospital and eventually returned for trial in Fresno.


News coverage of the shooting in April