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Skyline murder suspect to receive mental health evaluation

Malik Dosouqi, who pleaded not guilty to June stabbings, drops request to represent himself

Malik Dosouqi, the Pacifica man charged with two murders along Skyline Boulevard in June, will be evaluated by doctors about whether he is fit to stand trial, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Robert Foiles said in a hearing Wednesday, July 17, that he is concerned that Dosouqi is unable to understand the criminal proceedings or contribute to his defense.

Dosouqi has a private attorney, but has been requesting the right to fire his attorney and represent himself, according to the District Attorney's Office. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

According to the District Attorney's Office, Dosouqi was "laughing inexplicably" during court proceedings and said he would be getting out of custody soon.

After the judge asked for the doctors' evaluation, Dosouqi dropped the request to be his own attorney.

He will be evaluated by two doctors, and a hearing on the results of the evaluations has been set for Aug. 30. He remains in custody with no bail set.

Dosouqi has been charged with two counts of murder in the deaths of cab driver Abdulmalik Nasher of Pacifica and tow truck driver John Pekipaki of East Palo Alto, and five other felony counts, including two counts each of assault with a deadly weapon and infliction of great bodily injury, and one count of special circumstances for multiple murders.

On the evening of June 17, San Mateo County sheriff's deputies found the body of Nasher, 32, a cab driver who had reportedly been called to the remote location on Skyline Boulevard near Reids Roost Road in Woodside to pick up a passenger.

Nasher was stabbed multiple times and died at the scene, according to the Sheriff's Office.

The next evening, deputies investigating Nasher's death heard cries for help from Pekipaki, 31, who was also found with multiple stab wounds and died at the scene.

Pekipaki, who was a driver for Specialty Towing in East Palo Alto, had been called to the scene late that evening to help a stranded motorist, according to Lene Lauese, the office manager for Sunrise Towing, which is located next door to the Specialty Towing office. Investigators believe that Pekipaki fought his attacker, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

Dosouqi was arrested there after he allegedly drove his car at deputies, who shot at him and then captured him after he drove into a ditch. He was taken to the hospital for an arm laceration before he was released and booked into San Mateo County Jail.

If convicted, Dosouqi could face the death penalty or life in prison without parole, Wagstaffe said.

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Rick Radin writes for The Almanac, the sister publication of PaloAltoOnline.com.

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