Hillsborough homicide suspect found fit for trial 

A Hillsborough man accused of shooting his friend to death last year was found competent to stand trial in court Tuesday, prosecutors said.

Two court-appointed doctors had earlier disagreed as to whether Bradley Kleiman, 31, was mentally fit for trial, for allegedly murdering 30-year-old Christopher Calvache of San Francisco during an argument inside the pool house of Kleiman’s parents’ home on June 15.

The shooting was the first murder in the quiet, upscale Peninsula town since 2004.

According to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe, Kleiman called 911 to report he had accidentally shot his friend. Calvache was found shot twice in the head and once in the buttocks.

On Tuesday, the results of a third, tie-breaking doctor’s assessment of Kleiman were released to a San Mateo County Superior Court judge.

"The third doctor’s report came in, and he concluded that he is competent to stand trial," Wagstaffe said, adding that further details could not be released.

Wagstaffe acknowledged that Kleiman has a mental health history, but prosecutors insist he is still fit to stand trial.

The defense can still contest the competency ruling via a separate trial before a jury or a judge, but such a move has not been announced, Wagstaffe said.

Kleiman, the son of a San Mateo civil attorney, has prior convictions for misdemeanor assault, felony drunken driving and evading police, according to authorities. He was longtime friends with Calvache, whose family said he had overcome a spinal injury that left him paralyzed from the neck down.

The pair had been alone at the De Sabla Road residence and had planned on going out for dinner before the shooting occurred, according to police.

When police arrived at the scene, they found Kleiman carrying marijuana plants in the backyard, prosecutors said.

The case returns to court May 10.

aburack@sfexaminer.com

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