Competency Claim In Fisherman’s Wharf Killings To Be Challenged

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — Prosecutors plan to challenge a doctor’s finding that a San Francisco merchant is unable to assist in his defense and should not stand trial on charges that he murdered two employees at a rival store in the city’s Fisherman’s Wharf.

Assistant District Attorney Linda Allen said on Monday she will ask for a competency hearing for 56-year-old Hong Ri Wu.

Wu is accused of fatally shooting Qiong Han Chu and Feng Ping Ou, both 30, on Jan. 30 inside their souvenir shop at Fisherman’s Wharf. According to investigators, Wu resented the competition to his business.

He has pleaded not guilty to two counts of murder.

A court-appointed doctor said earlier this month that Wu, who was placed on a psychiatric hold after his arrest, should not stand trial.

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