Attorneys for 'death warrant' assailant seek mental fitness status

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(CNS) – Attorneys for a man accused of stabbing three homeless people in the back as they slept and leaving behind so-called “death warrants” asked today to have their client evaluated to determine if he is mentally fit to stand trial.

Courtney Anthony Robinson, 37, is charged with attacks between July 3 and July 19 in downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood and Santa Monica. Each time, the assailant left a knife in the victim and a typed “death warrant” signed with the name David Ben Keyes, an alias allegedly used by Robinson.

Robinson, who had recently arrived in Los Angeles from the Santa Barbara area, called 911 and surrendered to police July 20 after seeing his face on “wanted” fliers distributed around Los Angeles. According to police, he admitted signing the typewritten notes left at the crime scenes.

Robinson plead not guilty July 25. A mental competency status hearing is scheduled for Aug. 20.

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