Jan 15, 2016 7:14 PM by News Staff
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A judge says a man charged with killing two Northern California sheriff's deputies during a daylong rampage is competent to stand trial.
The Sacramento Bee reports that Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Steve White ruled Friday that Luis Bracamontes is mentally fit to assist in his own defense.
Prosecutors in Sacramento and Placer counties are seeking the death penalty if the 35-year-old is convicted in the slayings of deputies Danny Oliver and Michael Davis Jr. in October 2014.
Defense attorneys sought the mental health evaluation, and experts disagreed over whether he is competent.
White set a March 28 preliminary hearing for Bracamontes, who was in the country illegally.
His wife, 39-year-old Janelle Monroy, faces life in prison if she is convicted. She pleaded not guilty to numerous charges Friday.
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