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Prosecutors challenge psychiatrists' opinion on alleged Skyline killer

Judge gives District Attorney's Office until Wednesday to compile arguments

The San Mateo County District Attorney's Office is challenging an opinion from two psychiatrists that Malik Dosouqi, the Pacifica resident charged with two murders on Skyline Boulevard in Woodside in June, is not mentally competent to stand trial.

The opinion was revealed in an Oct. 10 hearing in San Mateo County Superior Court in Redwood City, and Judge Robert Foiles continued the case until this Wednesday, Oct. 16, to give prosecutors time to prepare a challenge.

"We can call our own doctors or argue that the (doctors') opinions are badly reasoned, things like that," District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said in an interview with The Almanac on Friday morning.

Dosouqi has been charged with two counts of murder in the deaths of cab driver Abdulmalik Nasher of Pacifica and tow truck driver John Pekipaki of East Palo Alto, and five other felony counts, including two counts each of assault with a deadly weapon and infliction of great bodily injury, and one count of special circumstances for multiple murders.

On the evening of June 17, county sheriff's deputies found the body of Nasher, 32, a cab driver who had reportedly been called to a remote location on Skyline Boulevard near Reids Roost Road to pick up a passenger.

Nasher had been stabbed multiple times, according to the Sheriff's Office.

The next evening, deputies investigating Nasher's death heard cries for help from Pekipaki, 31, who was also found with multiple stab wounds and died at the scene.

Dosouqi was arrested after he allegedly drove his car at deputies, who shot at him and then captured him after he drove into a ditch. He was taken to the hospital for an arm laceration before he was released and booked into San Mateo County Jail.

Dosouqi has a private attorney, but has been requesting the right to fire his attorney and represent himself, according to the District Attorney's Office. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

According to the DA's Office, Dosouqi was "laughing inexplicably" during court proceedings and said he would be getting out of custody soon.

After the judge asked for the doctors' evaluation, Dosouqi dropped the request to be his own attorney.

If convicted, Dosouqi could face the death penalty or life in prison without parole.

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Rick Radin writes for The Almanac, the sister publication of PaloAltoOnline.com.

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