david.diaz.7.27.jpgA man arrested last week in connection with a June homicide in San Francisco’s Buena Vista Park has been charged with murder but missed his initial court hearing today because he is in a hospital undergoing a mental health evaluation.

David Munoz Diaz, 22, was arrested last Friday and charged Tuesday in connection with the death of Freddy Roberto Canul-Arguello, whose partially burned body was found early on June 10 in a blue recycling bin near the park’s tennis courts just off of Buena Vista Avenue East.

Police said Canul-Arguello, 23, was already dead before he was burned, and that he had been killed near the tennis courts earlier that morning.

Diaz, a San Francisco resident, was arrested Friday and was scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon on charges of murder, arson, mutilating a body, and destruction of evidence.

However, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Ross said today that Diaz is in the hospital, and postponed the arraignment until Friday morning.

Deputy Public Defender Anne Irwin asked Ross for another evaluation of Diaz’s mental health, the results of which will also be considered at Friday’s hearing.

Diaz is being held on $5 million bail.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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