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*Reynaldo Maldanado Found Competent To Stand Trial, 2001 Fatal Stabbing

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A 29-year-old man accused of fatally stabbing a high school student in 2001 was found competent to stand trial in San Mateo County Superior Court on Tuesday, a deputy district attorney said today.Reynaldo Maldanado is being held on no-bail status in San Mateo County Jail for allegedly stabbing to death 15-year-old Quetzalcoatl Alba, according to Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.Maldanado has pleaded not guilty to one count of murder and a special circumstance of committing the murder while lying in wait.He faces life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted.Maldanado was initially examined by two doctors to determine whether he had a mental disease or disorder. Both doctors found him competent to stand trial, according to Wagstaffe.In December 2008, a third doctor from the Golden Gate Regional Center, which evaluates potentially developmentally disabled defendants for the district attorney’s office, was appointed to determine whether Maldanado is developmentally disabled, Wagstaffe said.That doctor also concluded Maldanado is competent to stand trial and on Tuesday a trial date was set for Sept. 8, according to Wagstaffe.Maldanado was previously hospitalized under armed guard after he attempted to flee from authorities by leaping 25 feet from a concrete railing at San Francisco International Airport on Oct. 20, 2007.He was at the airport returning to California after authorities arrested him in Miami days earlier for Alba’s murder.Alba had been a freshman at Westmoor High School in Daly City when, on May 21, 2001, he was found dead with multiple stab wounds in a storage room in the carport area of the Westlake Apartments, according to Daly City police.Maldanado and his roommate, Erick Morales, then 16, who was Alba’s classmate, lived in an apartment at the complex, police said.A tip in October 2007 led police back to the apartment, where an excavation in the backyard uncovered a knife believed to be the murder weapon, as well as bloody clothing and Alba’s cell phone, according to Wagstaffe.

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  • Yup. Maldanado is going straight to jail do not pass go do not collect 200. I miss Quetza.

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