Murder trial on hold as court determines whether defendant is competent

September 13, 2013 

Shawn Nathan Fisher

— A Fourth District judge is being asked to determine whether the man accused of gunning down Matthew Mohler-Kerns in February is competent to stand trial.

Judge Ron Wilper heard two days of testimony this week on the condition of Shawn Nathan Fisher and will take up the matter again Wednesday.

Mohler-Kerns was shot to death as he drove home Feb. 19 from work at Murphy's Seafood and Steakhouse. The victim was shot in the head while his car was in traffic on Franklin Road near Benjamin Lane.

Shortly before, Fisher had a confrontation with another driver near Vista Avenue. Fisher allegedly shot into another car over a parking dispute. Police said he rammed his vehicle into a car and fired a shot into the driver's-side door.

Police say they found no connection between Fisher and Mohler-Kerns.

After Mohler-Kerns was shot, Fisher got into a confrontation with police. A police dog was used to pull him out from behind a home in south Boise.

Authorities say Fisher was intoxicated at the time he was apprehended. Fisher told police he was taking lithium, a prescription drug used to treat manic depression and bipolar disorder.

Authorities also reported finding synthetic marijuana and amphetamine in Fisher's home when they searched it the day after Mohler-Kerns' murder. They also reported finding "new age and research drugs," according to court documents.

Fisher is charged with first-degree murder, aggravated battery and assault, two counts of possession of a controlled substance and resisting or obstructing officers.

The defendant had been scheduled to go to trial on Wednesday. If he is found to be competent to stand trial, it will be rescheduled.

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