OAKLAND -- A 44-year-old man accused of shooting and killing seven people last year at a tiny Oakland college is mentally incompetent to stand trial because he suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, according to a second psychologist who ruled on his health.
The findings on the defendant, One Goh, were announced at the Rene C. Davidson Courthouse on Monday, seven weeks after another court-ordered psychologist found Goh mentally unfit for trial in the Oikos University massacre.
Both psychologists reported that Goh's condition has prevented him from understanding the legal proceedings in his case and from communicating with his attorney, Assistant Public Defender David Klaus. The mental health reports found= that Goh does not think rationally and has delusions about fighting a battle between good and evil, Klaus said.
Superior Court Judge Carrie M. Panetta on Monday ordered all court proceedings temporarily suspended and said Goh must return to court Jan. 28 for "placement recommendation."
Now that Goh has been found incompetent, he likely will be sent to a state mental health hospital to undergo treatment until he regains his mental competence and is ready for trial, Klaus said.
"The constitution requires that he rationally understand the court proceedings, and right now he can't do that," he said.
Klaus dismissed suggestions that his client might be pretending to be mentally ill to avoid prosecution. He described Goh as a "deeply troubled man who has hallucinations," in which he frequently hears voices and sees faces. "Right now, he's locked up in a state of delusion and shame," he said.
The court ordered the psychological reports at the request of Klaus, who said Goh repeatedly refused to speak with him about the case.
Police say Goh is responsible for the shooting rampage the morning of April 2, when six students and a receptionist were shot and killed at the small campus on Edgewater Drive, near Oakland International Airport. Authorities say Goh used a .45-caliber handgun and brought four additional magazines with him to the school.
Goh, a former Oikos student, confessed to police that he was the shooter in the mass killing. He is being held without bail at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin.
Staff writer Paul T. Rosynsky contributed to this report. Contact Chris De Benedetti at 510-353-7011. Follow him at Twitter.com/cdebenedetti.