A former nursing student accused of killing seven people at a
Christian college in Oakland last April has been ruled
mentally incompetent to stand trial.
The ruling, by Alameda County Superior Court Judge Carrie
Panetta, came after two doctors who evaluated the man,
44-year-old One Goh, determined that he suffers from paranoid
"The defendant is not competent to proceed," Panetta said.
"Proceedings shall be suspended."
She ordered that Goh undergo an assessment to determine where
he should be placed for treatment of his mental illness. She
scheduled another hearing in the case for January 28.
Goh wore a red jail suit with his hands and feet shackled and
sat with seven other defendants in a jury box. He appeared to
stare aimlessly during the proceedings.
If a judge later determines that Goh has regained his mental
competency, he would be ordered to stand trial in the
Goh is charged with seven counts of murder and three counts
of attempted murder in a shooting spree on April 2, 2012, at
Oikos University, where he once attended nursing school. He
has pleaded not guilty.
The shooting was the deadliest at an American college since
2007, when a Virginia Tech University student killed 32
people and wounded 25.
Authorities say they believe Goh became enraged after he
dropped out of the nursing school last year and
administrators refused to refund his tuition. A Presbyterian
minister from Korea founded Oikos University as a vocational
school in 2004.
Outside court after Monday's hearing, Goh's lawyer, assistant
public defender David Klaus, stressed that the judge had only
temporarily suspended the proceedings.
"He's confessed to these crimes. He's accepted
responsibility," Klaus said. "The idea is to have him go to a
facility where he is expected to be restored to competency."
He said a judge would review Goh's competency to stand trial
every 90 days.
"He will be going to a locked psychiatric facility to undergo
treatment. He's certainly a deeply troubled man. He's locked
up in shame and sadness."
The 5-foot, 7-inch Goh weighed 220 pounds when he was
arrested a few hours after the shooting rampage but looked
considerably thinner on Monday. He refused food for four
weeks after his arrest.
Klaus said confidential psychiatrists' reports concluded that
Goh may have suffered from paranoid schizophrenia for as long
as 15 years. He never sought treatment and has refused
medication in jail.
Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley, who has not
yet decided whether to seek the death penalty, declined
A man who requested anonymity but described himself as the
partner of one of the women slain in the massacre said he
believes Goh is just trying to game the system.
"I want him to stand trial because I believe he knew what he
was doing that day," the man said.
Court documents say Goh told investigators he went to the
school in an industrial area of Oakland armed with a
.45-caliber handgun and four magazines fully loaded with