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Suspect in 6 murders mentally incompetent

A man charged with killing six people in a shooting rampage in Skagit County was found incompetent to stand trial by mental health experts, a prosecutor said.
/ Source: The Associated Press

A man charged with killing six people in a shooting rampage in Skagit County was found incompetent to stand trial by mental health experts, a prosecutor said.

The confidential report by Western State Hospital was sealed in Skagit County Superior Court, but Senior Deputy Prosecutor Erik Pedersen referred to its findings in briefs filed in the case of Isaac Zamora.

Zamora, 28, is charged with murdering six people, including a sheriff's deputy, during a Sept. 2 shooting spree near Alger, about 70 miles north of Seattle.

He is being held at the Snohomish County Jail, but Pedersen is asking the court to send him back to the hospital and allow psychiatrists to force anti-psychotic medication in an effort to restore his competency.

"Zamora's level of function is unlikely to improve without the administration of anti-psychotic medication and because he has shown an unwillingness to cooperate in efforts to administer treatment, an order for involuntary treatment and anti-psychotic medication is requested," the prosecutor's brief said.

One of Zamora's public defenders declined to comment on Zamora's mental health or Pedersen's brief, the Skagit Valley Herald reported.

A competency hearing has been rescheduled for Dec. 8, the county prosecutor's office said Wednesday.