SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — The man accused of killing two sheriff’s deputies in a 2014 crime spree that spanned two counties faced a judge on Monday.
Defense attorneys for Luis Enrique Monroy Bracamontes are asking the California Supreme Court to stop the proceeding, based on the suspect’s mental capacity.
Bracamontes is not only accused of killing Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputy Danny Oliver at a Sacramento Motel 6; investigators say he drove over Oliver’s body after a shootout with the deputy’s partner.
Investigators say Bracamontes tried carjacking a Sacramento resident, shooting him several times and later killed Placer County Sheriff’s Det. Michael Davis Jr.
His wife, Janelle Marquez Monroy, is also facing charges.
Weeks ago, Bracamontes was found mentally competent to stand trial, but his attorneys say his mental capacity has declined even further and are petitioning the California Supreme Court to overturn his competency finding. That decision is expected by May 20.
If the court agrees, it could order a new preliminary hearing.
CBS13 did see Bracamontes smiling and snickering during Monday’s hearing when the homicide investigator described the horrific shootout with Oliver’s partner.