August 31, 2008 in City

Tacoma shooting suspect competent to stand trial

Associated Press

TACOMA – State psychiatrists say a young man is now able to stand trial in a fatal shooting at Foss High School in Tacoma.

During a Pierce County Superior Court hearing Friday, prosecutors said doctors at Western State Hospital found 20-year-old Douglas S. Chanthabouly mentally competent. Defense lawyers did not immediately respond to the report.

Chanthabouly is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting of 17-year-old Samnang Kok on Jan. 3, 2007. Police say he admitted killing Kok but would not explain why.

Chanthabouly has a history of schizophrenia. He was admitted to a psychiatric hospital in Kirkland two years ago after attempting suicide.

Another hearing is scheduled Sept. 26.

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