Perrine man who police say killed wife, brother-in-law ruled incompent to stand trial

 

dovalle@MiamiHerald.com

A Perrine man who police say plowed his truck into the home of his wife’s family and then killed her and her brother has been found incompetent to stand trial.

Prosecutors on Wednesday agreed with doctors who found Ivan Wong, 41, mentally unfit to stand trial on two counts of murder. He’ll be sent to an upstate state psychiatric hospital, where he’ll be rehabilitated with the hope of a return to Miami-Dade County to face trial.

It is not uncommon for defendants with mental illnesses to be declared incompetent if they cannot understand the legal system or help their lawyers in preparing a defense. In Wong’s case, he was declared incompetent very quickly in the legal proceedings.

Wong has been jailed — and on suicide watch — since late December, when police say he plotted to kill his wife because he believed she was cheating on him.

He drove his Ford F-350 into the home, according to Miami-Dade police.

Then, in a rage, Wong got out of his truck, pulled a .45-caliber handgun, and shot and killed his wife’s brother, Michel Figueroa. Wong re-entered his truck, and “began aggressively driving” toward his wife, Mabel Figueroa, who had come outside, according to police. Wong ran over her — fatally — then struck and injured three other people at the scene.

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