Berkeley Murder Suspect Not Fit for Trial: Judge

After a 911 call was ignored, 23-year-old Daniel Dewitt allegedly murdered a 67-year-old man in February.

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    Berkeley Police Chief Michael Meehan has apologized for the department's handling of an incident.

    A judge has ruled that an Oakland man accused in the beating death of a 67-year-old man is not mentally fit to stand trial.

    The Oakland Tribune reported that 23-year-old Daniel Jordan Dewitt will be committed to a state hospital for treatment. The ruling was issued Thursday by Alameda County Superior Court Judge Sandra Bean.

    Prosecutors said the goal is to restore DeWitt's mental competency so he can stand trial for murder in the Feb. 18 death of Peter Cukor of Berkeley.

    DeWitt is being held without bail at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin.

    Berkeley Police Chief Michael Meehan has apologized for the department's handling of an incident. He says police ignored Cukor's report of a trespasser because the department was focused on a planned Occupy Oakland protest.

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