Jury to decide if woman is competent for murder trial

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VegasBraySAN DIEGO — A Dec. 10 mental competency trial was set Monday for a woman accused of fatally shooting her ex-boyfriend inside his Imperial Beach apartment after stalking and harassing him for a year.

Vegas Bray, 25, is charged with murder in the Oct. 16, 2012, death of 31- year-old Victor Saucedo.

A judge ruled in July that Bray was unable to understand the charges against her and unable to assist her attorney at trial. In his ruling, Judge Joseph Brannigan ordered the defendant sent to Patton State Hospital for treatment in hopes of restoring her competency.

Bray was eventually sent back to San Diego, and a judge Monday scheduled a trial to determine if the defendant is mentally competent to face trial on the murder charge.

Authorities said Bray and Saucedo met while they were both in the Navy and started dating in 2010. The relationship lasted for several months and ended toward the later part of 2011.

The couple broke up because the defendant was jealous of the mother of Saucedo’s child, and she continued to pursue him after they broke up, authorities allege.

Bray committed seven acts of vandalism against Saucedo’s car and apartment, including popping his car tires, smearing peanut butter on his door and even tracking him down after he changed apartments, Deputy District Attorney Harrison Kennedy said at an earlier hearing.

The couple had some “social interaction” the day before the slaying in which there was talk of rekindling the relationship, but Saucedo said he wasn’t interested in the long-term relationship that Bray wanted, according to Kennedy.

Bray felt “spurned” and left the victim’s apartment the next morning, he said.

She allegedly returned about 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 16 with a .38-caliber revolver and shot Saucedo nine times. Bray called 911 after the shooting to report that Saucedo had committed suicide.

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