A mental competency hearing for a Fresno man jailed for allegedly killing his grandmother three months ago was delayed Monday.
The lawyer for Travis Fendley, 22, wants his client's case heard soon because she said Fendley is unable to receive the proper anti-psychotic drugs in Fresno County Jail that would make him competent for a hearing.
He is accused of strangling his grandmother, Joyce Frazier, 78, at her East Shields Avenue home Dec. 18.
Prosecutor Jeff Dupras, substituting for another lawyer on short notice, told Judge Alvin Harrell III he has been unable to read all of the competency reports.
Lawyer Jane Boulger said the jail authorities will not give Fendley the drugs he needs, so he needs to go to a state mental hospital where he can get the drugs and restore his competency.
Boulger said three mental health evaluations found Fendley was not competent to stand trial.
"There is nothing to indicate that this man is competent," she said
Fendley refused to go to court Monday, she said. Family members say he is a diagnosed schizophrenic.
A hearing was scheduled for Thursday.
Frazier's body was discovered by a family member who was concerned because she knew Fendley was in the home. Fendley had threatened family members before, court records say.
After killing his grandmother, Fendley walked to his mother's home, stopped her while she driving away from her home and stole her car, according to court records. He was found in Merced County later that day after he crashed the car.
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