Mentally fit for trial? |

Mentally fit for trial?

Two doctors will determine whether murder suspect Scott Krause is competent to stand trial, a Nevada County judge ruled Thursday.

“He is not presently competent to understand the charges,” public defender Gary Gordon said.

Krause faces several charges stemming from the Jan. 6 death of UPS delivery driver Drew Reynolds. Authorities say Krause carjacked a large commercial truck and rammed it into Reynolds’ van on Brunswick Road.

Krause, 37, appeared with Gordon in a teleconference between Wayne Brown Correctional Facility and the Nevada County Courthouse because of his poor health, court officials said.

His plea was delayed Thursday, when Superior Court Judge Robert L. Tamietti appointed two doctors to look at whether Krause is mentally fit to stand trial. The results will be presented at a Feb. 19 hearing.

Krause, who also faces charges of burglary, carjacking and battery, did not talk during the five-minute teleconference meeting Thursday.

Several family members of Drew Reynolds, who was killed in the wreck, sat in the courtroom and watched Krause.

Krause allegedly stole a truck belonging to Sierra Tile and Stone while its driver was still inside the afternoon on Jan. 6, according to the business owner. The owner added that Krause later forced the driver out and sped onto Highway 49.

Krause took the Brunswick Road exit, swerved around other cars and crashed into the UPS van, according to police records. Grass Valley police said Krause told them after the crash that his actions were intentional.

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