Tacoma- The man accused of killing an Edgewood father during a home-invasion robbery in April was hauled cursing from a competency hearing Wednesday.
Kiyoshi Alan Higashi, 22, was declared competent in Pierce County Superior Court after doctors from Western State Hospital examined him.
He is suspected of firing the shots that killed James Sanders, 43, on April 28.
During the brief hearing, Higashi turned to smirk at Sanders’ family, seated in the gallery front row.
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Sanders’ widow, Charlene, burst into tears.
When guards escorted Higashi out of the courtroom, he yelled obscenities and could be heard cursing after he left the room.
“When he came in laughing and looked right at me, I lost it,” Charlene Sanders said after the hearing.
Higashi will appear in court Aug. 31, and his jury trial has been set for Jan. 10, Deputy Prosecutor Mary Robnett said.
Higashi is one of four people who allegedly came to Sanders’ home in response to a Craigslist ad he posted online to sell a diamond ring. The other three are Joshua N. Reese, 20; Clabon T. Berniard, 23; and Amanda C. Knight, 21. The four face murder, burglary and assault charges.