Criminal proceedings were suspended Tuesday after doubt was declared about the mental competency of an ex-con charged with killing his 65-year-old mother and 73-year-old stepfather with a baseball bat and attacking his younger brother at their Hacienda Heights home.
Nelson Fermin Garibay, 44, is charged in the Jan. 11 killings of Ima Garibay and Mario Flores-Romero. He allegedly beat his mother and stepfather after yelling was heard in the back yard, where his stepfather’s body was found. His mother’s body was found in the garage.
Garibay’s 37-year-old brother — was also attacked with a baseball bat, but survived, authorities said.
According to the criminal complaint, Garibay was convicted in Los Angeles County in 2017 of assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm.
Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies were called to the family’s home in the 14400 block of Marwood Street, near Janette Street, about 12:30 p.m. They were met outside by Garibay’s brother, who alleged that he had been attacked by the defendant.
Garibay was taken into custody Jan. 21 in the San Diego County community of Otay Mesa and has remained jailed since then.
The next court hearing in the case is set for June 1 at the Pomona courthouse.
Garibay could face up to 57 years to life in state prison if convicted as charged, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
“The facts in this case are truly disturbing and we will ensure that there is accountability for these senseless killings,” District Attorney George Gascón said in a statement released in January, shortly after Garibay was charged.