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Accused Man Unfit for Trial, Doctor Says

July 17, 1999|TRACY WILSON

A man accused of killing a computer software executive in a January workplace shooting is not mentally fit to stand trial, a court-appointed doctor has concluded.

Mikhail Khaimchayev, 29, is to appear before Superior Court Judge Edward Brodie on Monday for a hearing on his mental competency.

Deputy Public Defender Howard Asher requested the hearing in May, telling the judge he doubts that his client is capable of assisting in his own defense or understanding what is going on in court.

An immigrant from Uzbekistan, Khaimchayev is charged with the Jan. 13 shooting of Sheldon Snyder, 36, the owner of Postal Innovations.

Prosecutors say Khaimchayev walked into the software firm's Camarillo offices and shot Snyder nine times, then turned the gun on himself.

A computer programmer, Khaimchayev was fired a few weeks before the shooting.

At a preliminary hearing May 12, Khaimchayev was visibly shaking. Asher said his client's frail condition was caused by nerves and poor health.

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