A psychiatric evaluation has been ordered by the court for Herman "Tim" Van Bragt, who is charged with the stabbing murder of his mother's friend in her Palo Alto Waverley Street home on March 7.
Robert Haggquist, 72, was killed by a stab wound to his heart, court records show. Van Bragt received "several non-life-threatening slash-type wounds" in the fight, the court records show. Van Bragt, 46, was arrested and charged with murder while being treated at Stanford Hospital five hours later that night.
A judge ordered the psychiatric evaluation of Van Bragt on March 20. Results of such evaluations are privileged.
Van Bragt appeared briefly in Santa Clara County Superior Court Monday morning, merely to waive his right to be arraigned within 60 days of his arrest. He is scheduled to be arraigned May 6.
According to Electra Van Bragt, her son drove from his home in Auburn to Palo Alto March 6 because "he had a dream that Bob was trying to kill me. He was trying to protect me."
Electra Van Bragt and her son's girlfriend went out to dinner that night, and Tim van Bragt and Haggquist fought in the house while the two women were out.
Tim Van Bragt appeared restless while court was delayed for about 45 minutes this morning (Monday). While he and other prisoners were being watched over by sheriff's deputies, Van Bragt rose from his seat several times, placed his hand over his heart, and recited the Pledge of Allegiance.
His mother said that Van Bragt suffers from bipolar disease.