‘Incompetent’ man won’t stand trial in murder of grandma, brother

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SAN DIEGO – A man accused of killing his grandmother and uncle in Otay Mesa last year will be sent to a mental hospital, a judge ruled Monday.

Raymond Joseph Chatterfield, 29, is charged with two counts of murder and a special circumstance allegation of multiple murders in the Nov. 30 deaths of 78-year-old Donna Chatterfield and 54-year-old Kenneth Chatterfield.

The defendant was arrested at a Jack in the Box restaurant in the 1100 block of 30th Street about 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 30, roughly a half-mile from the Beyer Way residence where the victims were found mortally wounded several hours earlier.

San Diego police officers responding to a 911 call about two injured people at Rancho Chula Vista mobile home park, a retirement-housing complex, found the victims shortly before 4 p.m. that day, Lt. Paul Rorrison said.

Both had suffered multiple stab wounds and died at the scene.

The motive for the slayings was unclear, though the suspect had a prior allegation of elder abuse involving his grandmother, who had obtained a restraining order against him. He also was rumored to be a “narcotics user,” Rorrison said.

After reviewing a doctor’s report today, Judge Steven Stone ruled that the defendant was not mentally competent to stand trial. He will be sent to Patton State Hospital for up to three years or until his competency is restored.

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