A Sonoma County Superior Court judge ruled today that a man who allegedly stabbed his guardian in April is mentally incompetent to stand trial for attempted murder. Judge Robert LaForge had earlier suspended criminal proceedings against 20-year-old Micah Hughes pending a psychiatric exam.
was charged with the attempted murder of 51-year-old Mitchell Davis, who was stabbed 10 to 12 times in a vehicle at Santa Rosa Avenue and Todd Road in unincorporated Sonoma County around 7:15 p.m. on April 30. He was arrested two days later after Rohnert Park police received an anonymous tip that he was seen wandering around Benicia Park in Rohnert Park.
Police found Hughes sitting on a knoll near the Boys and Girls Club of Rohnert Park on Santa Barbara Avenue. Hughes will have another mental health evaluation before a hearing on July 22 to determine the mental health hospital to which he will be sent.
His grandmother Joy Hughes, of Santa Rosa, said he has suffered from mental illness since he was 3 years old. She said she relinquished care of her grandson to Davis and his wife when Hughes was seven years old because she had difficulty dealing with his illness. Hughes said her grandson knew Davis from a children’s treatment center.
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