Case Against Accused Tennis Court Killer Continues Friday

The competency of Laungatasi Samana Ahio will be argued in court.


Laungatasi Samana Ahio, 21, charged with stabbing Jared Afu to death in 2010 at Mills High School, is expected back in court Friday morning as questions regarding the defendant’s competency to stand trial continue to be addressed by San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Lisa Novak.

If declared competent, Ahio would be eligible for the death penalty or life in prison without parole.

According to the county district attorney's office, Ahio and Afu confronted each other over personal matters at the Mills High tennis courts in front of friends on August 4, 2010.

Ahio is accused of stabbing Afu repeatedly in the face. Police say he then fled the scene. Afu died at the scene.

The police report summary states that a trail of blood led from the tennis courts to a church two blocks away where a backpack with a bloody knife and the accused's identification was found.

Ahio surrendered - with his parents accompanying him - the next day at the South San Francisco Police Department. "The parents convinced him that he had to turn himself in, and they came in with him," said San Mateo District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

At a pre-trial hearing on June 8, 2011, a friend of the victim, 21-year-old Brittney Bugarski, testified that “the one who stabbed him” sat on the same bench with his back turned to Afu and his friends for several minutes before he got up and appeared to punch Afu in the face.

She didn’t identify Ahio as the attacker, but she did say that Afu attempted to run and that he was pursued by his attacker and apparently punched several more times while his attacker said, “you shouldn’t have (messed) with my wife.”

Last week, two doctors’ reports on the competency issue were received by the court and a prosecution motion for additional time to review the reports was granted.

Ahio remains in custody on no bail status.  The defense attorney is Edward Pomeroy (PDP).

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