Bobby Brown, the man accused of 18 felonies arising from five separate stabbings of San Francisco residents, three stabbings on Muni, has been found competent to stand trial.

Dr, Amy Watt, the psychologist assigned to evaluate Brown by the court, was “unambiguous in its conclusion that Bobby Brown is competent to stand trial,” ADA Brian Buckelew told The Appeal.

Calls to Brown’s attorney, V. Roy Lefcourt, to see if he planned on getting an independent evaluation for his client, were not returned at publication time. However, Bay City News quoted Lefcourt as saying today that “This doctor acknowledged that he has very serious mental issues, and we are just investigating it further.”

On February 8, Brown will be back in court for a “status hearing,” at which time the competency issue is expected to be resolved. “It’s possible that there could be a whole trial just on competency” said Buckelew, “before we even get to the crimes he’s been charged with.”

If Brown is eventually found incompetent to stand trial, he’d remain in a custodial status — typically in a mental hospital — until competency is restored and criminal proceedings can resume.

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at

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