Odie James Miller, Jr., now 22, has another psychiatric evaluation set for June 28 from jail. He returned from Patton State Hospital months ago after a judge and doctors determined he was mentally competent to stand trial. Deputy District Attorney Geoff Allard said Tuesday a trial date will be set on July 21 in San Diego Superior Court.
The concept of insanity is separate from mental competency to stand trial. If a jury found he was insane at the time of the crime, he would be committed to a state mental hospital.
Miller is accused of attempted murder and assault of the 44-year-old victim on Aug. 6, 2014. He was stabbed several dozen times at 12:15 p.m. in the vicinity of Renaissance Avenue and Towne Centre Drive. Miller did not know the victim, and so far, it appears to be a random attack.
Miller’s father said at the time his son has a mental illness and was off his medications at the time of the attack. The younger Miller was on probation at the time for carrying a knife around his family.
Miller remains in the central jail on $550,000 bail.
– Neal Putnam