Lawyer for allegedly kidnapped suspect requests psych exam
The attorney for Adan Vaca Garcia — the Colusa man who was arrested in Citrus Heights after being reported kidnapped during a criminal trial against him — requested a mental competence evaluation on Feb. 5, when Garcia was set to enter his plea.
"His attorney claims he is not competent to stand trial. It's not that uncommon. He will have a shrink look at him, and he will determine if that is the case," said District Attorney John Poyner.
Brendan Farrell, the deputy district attorney of Colusa County, echoed Poyner's comments.
"It would not be 'innocent by reason of insanity,'" Farrell said. "They are just claiming that he is currently not competent to stand trial."
Arturo Marquez, Garcia's attorney, had not returned a call at press time.
The next action set for the case is on March 5, when the doctor's report from clinical psychologist Donald A. Stembridge of Yuba City will be reviewed.
Garcia, who was facing several drug charges, failed to appear at the last day of his trial. Garcia's parents claimed he was kidnapped from their home on the night of Sept. 28. An investigation into the kidnapping claim is ongoing.
After an informant called police, Garcia was found in Citrus Heights.
He was arrested on Jan. 11 by the Citrus Heights Police Department on a felony warrant for failure to appear after posting bail.