Nicolas Brito Rosales, 54, faces murder and gun charges in the slaying of 63-year-old Jalal “Joe” Abou.
Rosales was handed over to officials from the U.S. Marshals Service last September after he was released from a Mexican prison. It wasn’t clear why Rosales was jailed in Mexico.
The defendant’s competency trial will determine if Rosales understands the charges against him and can assist his attorney at a criminal trial.
Patrol officers responding to reports of gunfire about 7:30 a.m. April 19, 2011, arrived to find Abou lying in a parking lot at his Rosecrans Street business, Joe’s Auto Repair, with several good Samaritans performing CPR on him, according to San Diego police.
Paramedics took over the lifesaving attempts before pronouncing Abou — an Iraq native and father of three who lived in Rancho San Diego — dead at the scene.
Witnesses told investigators they had seen a man parked near the auto repair shop in a dark-green sedan with primer spots on it prior to the shooting and spotted him driving away immediately afterward.
Rosales had left his job at the victim’s business the previous October. Police declined to specify if Rosales quit or was fired, but did say Rosales returned to the garage several times between the date of his termination and the slaying.
Rosales faces 50 years to life in prison if convicted.
–City News Service
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