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Woodside: Skyline homicide suspect pleads not guilty, wants to defend himself

Malik Dosouqi accused of killing two men from Pacifica, East Palo Alto in June

Double homicide suspect Malik Dosouqi, charged with murder in the stabbing deaths of two men on Skyline Boulevard last month, appeared in San Mateo County Superior Court on Monday, pleaded not guilty and filed paperwork with the court to represent himself, according to Assistant District Attorney Sean Gallagher.

Dosouqi is accused of killing Abdulmalek Nasher, a cab driver, and John Pekipaki, a tow truck driver, on June 17 and June 19, respectively.

In addition to two murder counts, Dosouqi is facing two counts each of use of a deadly weapon and infliction of great bodily injury, and one count of special circumstances for multiple murders.

A preliminary hearing in the case is set for July 18 at 9 a.m.

See earlier story for more details.

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2 people like this
Posted by Paul
a resident of another community
on Jul 9, 2019 at 1:45 pm

Attorneys: What's the process for letting someone defend themselves when they are likely delusional or otherwise mentally incompetent?
Based on the little we know about the defendant, I don't see how he could possibly provide himself the best defense.


2 people like this
Posted by Jose Clara
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 9, 2019 at 1:52 pm

Billy - what's your status?

All My Love,
Jose


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Posted by Criminal Attorney
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 10, 2019 at 8:25 am

The name appears to be Middle Eastern in origin.

As for immigration status...unknown (until verified by the news media/law enforcement).

Self-representation may require a court interpreter to assist depending upon the defendant's English fluency/proficiency.

A strategic move that might serve the defendant later down the road... if found guilty, the ESL factor may serve to create a viable argument for an appeals process citing jury misinterpretation of details/facts.

A clever legal move on the part of the suspect/arrestee as he could walk free.


2 people like this
Posted by Jose Clara
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 10, 2019 at 9:16 am

Billy: "Not one person cares about that. Shallow Alto at its finest. Feeling stupid now .JOSE"

You shouldn't feel stupid, per your punctuation. Perhaps you should feel shame for your racism, but I'll take a guess that you are unable to identify that emotion.

You ignored the question about your immigration status. How long has your family been in Palo Alto?

All My Love,
Jose


2 people like this
Posted by Jose Clara
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 10, 2019 at 9:25 am

Besides, his status was referenced in other reports, as I recall. Yemeni, or something. Some of us are less concerned than our xenophobic neighbors, and do not make note of the minor detail.

All My Love,
Jose


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Posted by A Fool For A Client?
a resident of Stanford
on Jul 10, 2019 at 1:25 pm

Pro per/Pro se defendants are at a disadvantage unless they have a complete understanding of Rules of Court.

Motions, discovery & the filings of various petitions are legal skills that cannot be learned overnight.

Then again...if the defendant is found guilty, he will have plenty of time to become a jailhouse lawyer as there are plenty of resources from which to learn from in the prison library.


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a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 10, 2019 at 5:37 pm

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