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A mental competency trial was ordered Monday for a man accused of stabbing a woman near Belmont Park because her smoking bothered him.

Terrance Alphonce Behan, 71, is charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon in the stabbing near Belmont Park last July 18.

An initial doctor’s report said Behan was competent to stand trial, but a second evaluation cast doubts on whether the defendant can assist his attorney at trial.

Judge Joseph Brannigan scheduled a competency trial for March 3.

About 10:30 a.m. on the day of the crime, Behan allegedly stabbed a 54- year-old woman in the chest in the 3000 block of Mission Boulevard, then threatened a man and his family, according to San Diego Police. Behan also is charged with making a criminal threat.

—City News Service