Danville Teen Ruled Incompetent For Trial In Mom's Death

MARTINEZ, Calif. (AP) - A Contra Costa County judge has found a
teenager mentally incompetent to stand trial for his mother's 2006
bludgeoning death.

Judge Leslie Landau ruled Friday that Andrew Mantas, 18, of Danville, would have to be admitted to a state psychiatric hospital until he is well enough to understand the murder charges against him and to participate in his own defense.

Landau based her decision on reports from two court-appointed
doctors.

Mantas, who was transferred from a juvenile facility to the county jail when he became an adult, was 16 when his mother, Dimitra Mantas, 43, was beaten to death with an aluminum baseball bat. Defense lawyer Ivan Golde says the teen has a long history of mental illness.

Golde says he has advised Mantas to plead not guilty by reason of insanity but that his client has been uncooperative and incoherent.

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Information from: Contra Costa Times

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