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Newsline: Man accused of shooting US diplomat in Mexico faces competency hearing

A competency hearing has been scheduled for a California man accused of shooting a U.S. diplomat in Mexico. On Friday, a federal judge in Alexandria ordered the hearing for Zia Zafar of Chino Hills, California, to be held Aug. 11. Zafar is charged with attempted murder of a diplomat in the Jan. 6 shooting of consular officer Christopher Ashcraft in Guadalajara. Part of the shooting was captured on surveillance video, including footage of a man taking aim and firing at Ashcraft as he exited a parking garage. Prosecutors have offered no motive for the shooting. Court records indicate that Zafar was ordered to undergo a mental evaluation back in May. The findings of that evaluation have not been released.

http://www.bakersfield.com/ap/state/man-accused-of-shooting-us-diplomat-faces-competency-hearing/article_06ace326-6423-5999-a16b-228926ed8987.html

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