SAN JOSE (AP/CBS) – A San Jose judge has said a transient is mentally competent to stand trial for felony false imprisonment of a good Samaritan who was forced into a Palo Alto fast food restaurant bathroom.
A judge ordered trial for 54-year-old Reginald Hodges after an October preliminary hearing. But defense attorney Jeffrey Dunn expressed doubts about his client’s competency and a doctor’s examination was ordered.
A San Jose judge ruled Wednesday that Hodges was competent. A March 28 hearing will decide a trial date.
Media outlets have reported that Hodges asked a woman for help in carrying his belongings to a bus stop.
Prosecutors said Hodges led her behind a building, opened the door to a Taco Bell bathroom and forced her inside against her will. The woman escaped unharmed minutes later.
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