SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A mental competency trial was postponed Tuesday until Jan. 23 for a teenager accused of repeatedly stabbing his mother's fiance in the family's Clairemont home.
Kaleb Burton, 17, was charged in adult court last year with premeditated attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon in the July 22 attack on 58-year-old Ricardo Clark. Criminal proceedings were suspended a week later when Burton's attorney questioned whether the teenager understood the charges against him and could assist in his own defense.
At Burton's arraignment, Deputy District Attorney Kristie Nikoletich alleged the teen became upset with Clark, grabbed a butcher knife and stabbed him five times -- once in the head, once in the neck and three times in the arm. The stab to the neck missed Clark's carotid artery by 3 millimeters, the prosecutor said.
Nikoletich said the victim was able to disarm the defendant, but Burton allegedly grabbed a second knife and went outside the home on Dubois Drive. When police arrived, the youth at first disregarded officers' commands to drop the weapon, the prosecutor said. He eventually dropped the knife but was shot with a stun gun when he came toward officers, according to Nikoletich.
Deputy Public Defender Milly Durovic said the teen has serious psychiatric issues and has been diagnosed as mentally disabled. The defendant faces life in prison if convicted.
Five people were injured in a three-car crash in the Rolando area on Sunday after an apparent road-rage incident. It happened about 1:30 p.m. on University Avenue at College Avenue, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.
Another successful Comic-Con is in the books. The four-day pop culture convention came to an end Sunday, but even in its final hours was packed with things to see and do.
Vince Velasquez allowed two hits over seven innings and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the San Diego Padres 5-0 Sunday for a doubleheader split.
The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for San Diego County inland valleys, mountains, and deserts. The warning is valid for Monday morning through Thursday evening
A man stole a brand-new luxury car out of a Kearny Mesa dealership's lot and led police on a lengthy chase down San Diego freeways on Sunday.
San Diego Comic-Con is in full swing and so is the superhero-themed fashion! Celebrities like Sarah Paulson, Sonequa Martin-Green and Camila Mendes, among many other stylish ladies, rocked a bevy of leather, nylon and pleather to attend the annual comic book convention.
Detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding a man who died Saturday morning on a sidewalk in Old Town.
A suspected drunk driver was shot by sheriff's deputies after leading them on a pursuit across North County freeways Friday night, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said.