Needles, CA: A judge suspended criminal proceedings in the murder trial of James Cookson.

Needles, CA: A judge suspended criminal proceedings in the murder trial of James Cookson.

A judge has suspended criminal proceedings in the murder trial of James Cookson who is accused of shooting a neighbor to death inside an apartment complex in Needles, California on Tuesday, May 7th, 2013.

James Cookson’s Attorney requested this because James Cookson is possibly suffering from dementia which James Cookson will be examined again by a court approved mental health physician to confirm if the defendant does in fact suffer from the disease.

James Cookson remains at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga, California without bail and James Cookson’s next court date is scheduled for Monday, February 10th, 2014.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies responded on Tuesday, May 7th, 2013 to a shots fired call at an apartment complex located within the 1500 block of Lillyhill Drive in Needles, California.

Upon arrival, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies made contact with 76 year old James Cookson of Needles, California.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies located the victim inside the residence and medical personnel arrived and pronounced the victim deceased.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, James Cookson was arrested for murder under California Penal Code Section 187, booked into the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga, California, and was held without bail after an investigation by investigators from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Detail.

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