gavel.jpgAs previously reported, the defense for 56-year-old Hong Ri Wu, the man charged with murdering Fisherman’s wharf store workers Qiong Han Chu and Feng Ping Ou, recently raised concerns that Wu was not mentally competent enough to stand trial. Though one doctor has concurred with that concern, the DA’s office isn’t so sure.

Wu allegedly murdered the 30-year-old victims on Jan. 30 at about 8:20am when he walked into the 269 Jefferson St. souvenir and luggage shop where they worked and allegedly shot them both. Both victims died at the scene and a gun was later recovered there. Wu worked at a nearby competing store at the time.

The Chron reports that though a court-appointed doctor has concluded Wu is not competent to stand trial, prosecutors plan to challenge that claim.

CBS5 reports that Assistant District Attorney Linda Allen said Monday that she will ask for another competency hearing for 56-year-old Hong Ri Wu.

At Monday’s hearing before Judge Garrett Wong, Wu “appeared agitated,” reports the Chron, as he asked through a translator to replace his public defender, who reportedly failed to show up to the hearing.

The issues of both Wu’s competency and his possible new lawyer have been postponed until August 10.

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