Man accused in stabbings sent to hospital for evaluation

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A 20-year-old man accused of stabbing a mother and daughter at a bank in December has been transferred to the Oregon State Hospital for treatment and an evaluation of his ability to help in his defense. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that at a Feb. 10 hearing, Washington County Circuit Judge Ricardo Menchaca committed Salvador Martinez-Romero to the state hospital for “hospital level care.” The judge’s decision came in response to a motion filed by Martinez-Romero. Lawyers for Martinez-Romero also have expressed concerns about their client’s mental competency. Martinez-Romero is facing a murder charge, three counts of attempted murder, and other charges in connection with the Dec. 18 incident at a Beaverton shopping center and in neighborhoods.