Pasadena Homicide Suspect JonJon Crummie Sent for Mental Health Evaluation

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PASADENA» A Superior Court judge Thursday referred homicide suspect JonJon Crummie to Mental Health Court to determine whether he is competent to stand trial for allegedly shooting and killing his girlfriend.

Crummie's public defender Alexandra Kazarian said she raised the issue with the court at a hearing Thursday morning and Judge Teri Schwartz ruled to send the case to Mental Health Court in Department 95 on April 24. Kazarian declined to comment on her reason for introducing the motion.

"Today the court declared a doubt as to Mr. Crummie's competence to stand trial and his criminal proceedings were suspended," Kazarian said. "His case will be sent to Department 95, which is mental health court, and they will determine if he is competent to stand trial. His case will be there until they determine he is competent."

Crummie, 18, is charged with murder with special circumstances of using a firearm "with malice" for allegedly fatally shooting his girlfriend Irais Acosta, 19, on Feb. 16 in the room they shared in his family apartment in the 1500 block of North Raymond Avenue. …