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Angelo Michael Lancaster AKA: Kartar Khalsa Has Mental Competence Hearing Ordered in Trial for Alleged Murder of His Father Simran Khalsa



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A Sonoma County Superior Court judge this morning suspended criminal proceedings against a Santa Rosa man accused of strangling and beating his father to death with a sledgehammer. Angelo Michael Lancaster, 33, also known as Kartar Khalsa, is charged with burglary and the slaying of his father Simran Khalsa, 64, on Oct. 19 at his home on Wright Street in east Santa Rosa. (story continues below video)

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Judge Dana Simonds appointed a criminal psychiatrist to examine Lancaster to determine if he is competent to participate in the legal proceedings. Lancaster, seated in a wheelchair, told the judge he did not want to be represented by his public defender. He said he is not getting any information about a will he says his father left. “I want him to speak to my family about my will and who is in charge of any will left by my father.

He told me there is no will. I’m almost 100 percent sure he had a will,” Lancaster said. Simonds set Dec. 11 for a hearing on the criminal psychiatrist’s report. The attack was initially reported to police by the victim’s nephew. Officers found Simran Khalsa’s body in the upstairs bedroom of his home and Lancaster was found hiding in bushes in the backyard of the residence, police said. Lancaster lived in an apartment attached to the main house on the property. He broke out a glass front door of the main house before entering with a sledgehammer, police Sgt. David Linscomb said. Linscomb said the slaying happened after an earlier argument.

After today’s hearing, Deputy Public Defender Daniel Clymo said Lancaster has a long history of mental illness and the issue of a will is a “tangential issue.” “It has nothing to do with the criminal aspects of the case. There is no big insurance policy,” Clymo said.

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