The competence of Albert Durant Kress, who is accused in the killing of a man in Old Town Eureka, was questioned during an arraignment in the homicide case this afternoon.


The complaint filed by the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office alleges between Feb. 10 and Feb. 22 Kress killed Ray Anthony Prudhomme, whose body was found in his Third Street apartment on Feb. 22. It is the county’s first homicide of 2019.

“It is alleged there was the use of a deadly weapon,” said Judge Lawrence Killoran, noting the special allegation for the use of a knife in the killing.

Kress, who was wearing orange jail-issued coveralls and handcuffs, repeatedly spoke during the proceedings.

“I’m not getting copies of my case,” Kress said. “Do you think this is a game?”

He repeatedly asked for copies of his court cases throughout the arraignment.

Deputy Public Defender Luke Brownfield stated he sought to “declare doubt to Mr. Kress’ competency,” after speaking with Deputy Public Defender Casey Russo.

Killoran said the criminal proceedings would be suspended while Dr. Michael Ramirez examined whether Kress was competent for a criminal trial.

The prosecution asked whether a jury trial set for March 25 would be vacated to which Kress interrupted, stating “I was supposed to be sentenced next week.”

Court records confirmed a jury trial set for March 25 is now off the calendar until Kress’ competency is decided.

Kress was escorted out of the courtroom minutes later still asking for his “paperwork on his cases.”

Ruth Schneider can be reached at 707-441-0520.

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