Suspect in fatal Bernal Heights fight has competency for trial questioned 

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A San Francisco judge may rule Monday on whether a man accused in a fatal Bernal Heights brawl is competent to stand trial.

Prosecutors say 32-year-old Anthony Pacrem brutally beat 59-year-old Sherman Brown during a fight in the 400 block of Prentiss Street on March 22. Brown blacked out during the vicious battle. Doctors feared he had lost his right eye in the fight, police said. Less than two months later, Brown died from his injuries.

Pacrem’s behavior during and after the incident was odd, according to the San Francisco Police Department’s account. He allegedly swung at a cop, then began “flailing his arms around,” which caused him to lose balance and fall to the ground, police said.

Even while on the ground, he fought off police. Officers used pepper spray to finally halt the fighting and handcuff Pacrem, police said.

Pacrem’s defense attorney, Matthew Rosen, has said his client has a long history of mental illness.

While in custody, Pacrem has undergone psychiatric evaluation at San Francisco General Hospital. His arraignment on murder charges was delayed 17 times until July 17, when a judge assigned two doctors to report on whether he is
competent enough to stand trial.

The doctors’ reports are scheduled to be heard Monday in San Francisco Superior Court, according to the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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