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Mental competency hearing for stage jumper at Taylor Swift concert

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A mental competency hearing is scheduled Monday for a man accused of fighting with security guards after jumping onstage at a Taylor Swift concert at Petco Park, seriously injuring a member of the singer's security team.
    
Christian Ewing, 26, is charged with felony assault and battery.

Monday, a judge is expected to review a doctor's report and decide whether to reinstate charges or send the defendant to a state hospital for treatment.
   
Deputy District Attorney Jessica Coto said Ewing hopped a fence during the Aug. 29 concert but was told by Swift's personal security guard, David Durkin that he couldn't be in that area.
   
Ewing was handed over to Petco Park security and was being escorted out of the San Diego venue, but he escaped and ran onto the stage where Swift was performing her song "Style," Coto said.
   
During a violent struggle to get Ewing off the stage, the defendant dropped his knee into Durkin's sternum, causing the security guard's ribs to pop up over his sternum, causing great pain, the prosecutor said.
   
Once Ewing was dragged off the stage, he gave police a false name, Coto alleged.
   
When asked why he went up on stage, the defendant replied, "I love that girl," referring to Swift, according to the prosecutor.
   
Coto said Ewing had several arrests in multiple states, an active warrant for a theft-related offense out of Florida, and a felony conviction for transporting drugs from out-of-state.
   
Ewing faces four years in prison if convicted.
 

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