Suspect accused of killing Newman police officer to return to court in April

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The case against a suspected cop killer in Northern California has been put on hold until April.

The family of the victim, Corporal Ronil Singh, attended a competency hearing in Newman Thursday.

The suspect, Gustavo Arriaga- who’s legal name was later discovered to be Paulo Virgen Mendoza, is accused of killing the officer during a DUI stop in December. 

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Mendoza was later ordered to undergo a mental evaluation, after his attorney raised concerns that his client did not understand his charges. The judge decided on Thursday to move the case until April 8th. 

But some protesters who gathered outside the courthouse said that’s too long.

“Not to happy, honestly, because, you know, justice needs to happen quickly because the further they drag it out, you know, justice needs to be served quickly,” said Singh’s neighbor Tina Saavedra. 

Mendoza had an outstanding DUI arrest warrant when Singh pulled him over. The suspect is an undocumented immigrant from Mexico – and faces the possibility of deportation.

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