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Alleged killer of 7 at California college sent to mental hospital

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013 9:32 a.m. CDT

(MCT) — OAKLAND, Calif. — One Goh, a former nursing student accused of killing six students and a receptionist at a small East Oakland private college, was ordered Monday to a state mental hospital.

Goh, 44, will be sent to Napa State Hospital, where he will undergo treatment for psychological problems that are preventing him from understanding court proceedings. Goh will remain at the hospital until doctors determine that he is mentally fit to stand trial.

Goh is accused of using a .45-caliber handgun to kill six Oikos University classmates and a receptionist.

Goh had been attending nursing classes at the college before he dropped out in 2011. After dropping out, Goh requested a tuition refund and was denied, police have said.

On April 2, 2012, Goh walked into the school on Edgewater Drive near Oakland International Airport and began shooting. After the killings, Goh allegedly stole a car from the campus parking lot and drove to a supermarket in Alameda where he was overheard talking with a family member about the killings.

Alameda Police were called and arrested Goh.

Since his arrest, Goh has been talking about seeing faces and hearing voices in his head, said his attorney, Assistant Public Defender David Klaus. Goh has had frequent hallucinations and rants about being caught in the middle of a religious battle, Klaus has said.

Goh has also been on hunger strikes and has lost at least 50 pounds in Santa Rita Jail, Klaus said.

Two court-ordered psychiatrists found that Goh has paranoid schizophrenia and is unable to understand court proceedings to assist in his defense.

Attorneys will receive progress reports on Goh’s mental status every six months.

Goh will be forced to take medication and if he is ever found competent to stand trial, he will face seven counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder.

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