|A 27-year-old man
accused in the stabbing death for unknown reasons of a
stranger walking along a city street in San Bruno in 2004 was
found not competent to stand trial this morning in San Mateo
County Superior Court and was ordered returned to Napa State
Brandon Louis Gill faces murder charges in connection with
the killing of 64-year-old Romeo Lansang, of South San
Francisco, on March 25, 2004, according to the District
Gill’s attack on Lansang with a kitchen knife that day was
without any known motive, said Chief Deputy District Attorney
Steve Wagstaffe, who is prosecuting the case.
Gill allegedly walked up to Lansang from behind in the 700
block of Easton Avenue at about 1 p.m. and fatally stabbed
him, according to a police report.
Gill then allegedly tried but failed to carjack a woman in
a nearby car, according to the district attorney’s office. He
allegedly fled the scene but was later arrested in Monterey
County on unrelated carjacking charges.
Gill, formerly of King City, suffers from schizoaffective
disorder and was found not competent to stand trial in June
2005 and committed to Napa State Hospital.
Earlier this year, the hospital issued a report stating
that Gill had marginally regained competence to stand trial,
according to Wagstaffe.
Forensic psychiatrist Dr. George Wilkinson testified in
court Monday that since evaluating Gill several times in
February and March, after Gill had been returned to jail, “his
illness has continued to worsen.”
Gill’s irregular use of prescribed antipsychotic
medication, combined with the jail setting that has made Gill
fearful, have contributed to the downward spiral, Wilkinson
Wilkinson recommended Gill be returned to Napa State
Hospital, a more structured treatment environment, he
Judge Craig Parsons concurred, finding Gill not competent
to stand trial at this time, and ordered he be returned to
Napa as soon as possible, where he will be administered
medication, either voluntarily or involuntarily.
Gill could return to stand trial at a later date if he is
found to have regained competency, but according to Wagstaffe,
it is unlikely that would happen anytime soon.
“In circumstances like this, it’s usually many, many months
to years until he gets there,” Wagstaffe said.