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* Redwood City Man Teyseer Zaid Najdawi Found Unfit To Stand Trial For Killing Jack Chu On July 8, 2008,

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A San Mateo County Superior Court judge has determined a 26-year-old man accused of killing his friend and then attacking his cellmate while in custody for the murder is not competent to stand trial.Judge James Ellis made his ruling Friday after hearing reports from four doctors appointed to evaluate Teyseer Zaid Najdawi, Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said today.Najdawi is suspected of fatally shooting 27-year-old Millbrae resident Jack Chu on July 8, 2008, after the two had been out drinking in San Francisco, according to Wagstaffe.Of the four doctors, three found Najdawi not competent to stand trial. A fourth was unable to reach a conclusion, Wagstaffe said.Najdawi also faces charges for attacking his cellmate after Najdawi had been arrested for Chu’s murder, according to Wagstaffe.It remains unclear what provoked the attack in jail, and a motive for the murder has also not been established, Wagstaffe said.An investigation into the murder began the night of July 8, when shots were heard in Millbrae’s Lincoln Circle, police reported.Responding officers found broken glass and blood in the street.A witness reportedly told the officers that a man had been pushed into a white car, which then left the area.Two days later, on the morning of July 10, a woman reported seeing a body in a white vehicle near the corner of Chula Vista and Sanchez avenues in Burlingame, police said.The body was identified as that of Chu, and investigators served a search warrant later that day at the Burlingame home of Najdawi’s mother, according to Wagstaffe.Millbrae police Inspector Lou Landini said evidence was located at the home.
Najdawi was apprehended July 17 at an inn in Redding. He was transported to San Mateo County jail where he was placed into custody without bail.After more then a month in jail, Najdawi for unknown reasons attacked his cellmate in September 2008, according to Wagstaffe.Najdawi reportedly held his cellmate in a chokehold and refused to let go, Wagstaffe said. He is charged with one count of felony assault and one count of resisting a correctional officer, a misdemeanor, for the attack.Najdawi is scheduled to return to court June 26 for a placement report to determine what hospital he will be sent to.Najdawi had faced 55 years to life in prison if convicted of all of the charges, according to Wagstaffe.He remains in custody without bail, Wagstaffe said.

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