Midway area murder suspect ruled mentally competent
by EMILY BLACKWOOD
Published - 01/24/19 - 08:15 AM | 1641 views | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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A judge on Jan. 23 found a Midway area murder suspect mentally competent to stand trial in the Oct. 29, 2018 slaying of a clerk at an adult bookstore.

Shaun Douglas Ward, 39, is accused of fatally stabbing Diane Spaguolo, 65, on Oct. 29 at the X-Spot adult bookstore at 3600 Midway Drive.

San Diego Superior Court Judge Cindy Davis read the psychiatric evaluation of Ward that was prepared by a psychologist who visited Ward in jail. The psychiatric evaluation is not public record.

Davis set a Feb. 15 preliminary hearing for Ward, who has pleaded not guilty.

Ward gave the silent treatment to his attorney and court officials on Nov. 2 by refusing to talk or say anything in response to questions. A not guilty plea was entered on his behalf since he would not say a word in court or give his name.

Spagnuolo was apparently killed in a robbery, according to her family. Someone walked into the store at 1:45 p.m. and called 911 after finding Spagnuolo with trauma to her upper body.

Ward remains in jail without bail.
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