SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A transient who killed the woman who gave him a place to live because she threatened to tell police he had been robbing banks had his mental competency hearing delayed until Sept. 24.
Joaquin Murrieta Martinez, 32, was convicted of first-degree murder in the February 2005 death of Janina Hardoy, Her body was never found, but her dismembered hands and feet were discovered in a trash bin in Vista a few days after she disappeared.
Prosecutors said Martinez injected Hardoy with a fatal dose of heroin after she threatened to tell police that he and his friends had robbed several North County banks.
Martinez's July sentencing hearing was reset to Friday after defense attorney Dan Mitts told Judge Joan Weber he didn't know whether his client understood the court proceedings and could assist in his own defense.
The judge ordered Martinez to be seen by a psychiatrist, but Friday's competency hearing was reset to Sept. 24 because Martinez had yet to be fully evaluated.
Investigators said Hardoy moved to Oceanside in late 2004 and opened her doors to drifters - including Martinez - so they would have a place to sleep.
Martinez admitted injecting Hardoy with heroin, but said it was no more than her normal dose, said Deputy District Attorney Geoff Allard.
When he returned home the next day, Hardoy was dead, Martinez testified. He said he cut off the victim's hands and feet after finding her dead.
A female friend of Hardoy's eventually led police to the trash bin where she had disposed a of backpack containing the victim's hands and feet, investigators said.
A frequent visitor to the victim's home testified that Hardoy and Martinez, who may have been in a relationship, often argued because the defendant had taken up with another woman at the home on East Parker Street.
The woman said Hardoy's money began to run out in early 2005, and she asked those living there to help out with the rent.
The roommates - all described as heavy drug users - started robbing banks and brought stacks of cash to the home, the woman testified.
Martinez was not charged with Hardoy's murder until 2008.
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