SB Sheriff's Office via The Daily Nexus
David Attias in 2001
It happened more than a decade ago, but people in Isla Vista -- the tiny college town where UC Santa Barbara’s student population lives -- still remember when David Attias, a mentally unstable student at the school, plowed his car into a crowd of pedestrians, killing four and critically injuring one.
Attias was convicted of second-degree murder and committed to a state mental institution -- but today he is due in court for a competency hearing that could lead to his freedom, the L.A. Times reports.
The four-day hearing, held in Santa Barbara County Superior Court, will determine whether Attias should remain in Patton State Hospital in San Bernardino where he has been institutionalized since 2002. The final decision is up to a judge, who could choose to place him under 24-hour supervision in a “conditional release program,” according to KTLA.