A man who police said went on a stabbing and shooting spree in Manassas in February of 2011 that left three people dead has been deemed incompetent to stand trial.
Jose Oswaldo Reyes Alfaro, 38, has been found temporarily incompetent to stand trial, Manassas Police Chief Doug Keen told city council this week.
But this doesn't necessarily mean the case won't ever go to trial.
The commonwealth's attorney's office has made arrangements for Alfaro to be transported elsewhere in the state for treatment to make him competent to stand trial, the chief said.
That capital murder trial is scheduled for March or April of 2013, he added.
Alfaro is charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of 56-year-old Brenda Ashcraft, 37-year-old William Ashbey Ashcraft and 48-year-old Julio Cesar Ulloa.
Just after 7 p.m. on Feb. 10, 2011, police responded to reports of a shooting at 9213 Hood Road in the Georgetown South subdivision and discovered four victims including Brenda Ashcraft, who was found dead on the front lawn of the house.
William Ashcraft later died at an area hospital, police said in earlier reports.
Thirty minutes later, police were called to a home a few blocks away at 9625 Brent St. where they found Ulloa shot to death, along with a 77-year-old woman who had been stabbed multiple times in her head.
She was taken to a Fairfax hospital where she survived her injuries.
Police haven't yet commented on a motive for the shootings and other attacks, but did say the suspect, Alfaro, is an illegal immigrant and had been ordered out of the country by a judge in 2002.
Alfaro entered the country illegally 10 years before the triple slayings and was ordered to appear before an immigration judge after an encounter with law enforcement, the Washington Post reported in 2011.
Those suspected of illegal immigration, but are not charged with a crime, aren't jailed, but given a court hearing date. During that hearing they must prove they are in the country legally.
Alfaro never showed and he was ordered deported by the judge in 2002, according to the Washington Post.