Man arrested in Las Vegas Strip stabbing found unfit for trial

LAS VEGAS — A man arrested for an October stabbing that killed two people and injured six others on a sidewalk on the Las Vegas Strip has been found unfit for trial, his attorney said Friday.

A state court judge ordered 32-year-old Yoni Christian Barrios to remain in a state psychiatric facility indefinitely until doctors determine he understands the criminal charges against him, attorney Scott Coffee said.

If found competent, Barrios will face two counts of murder and six counts of attempted murder in the assault, which killed Maris DiGiovanni, 30, and Brent Allan Hallett, 46.

Authorities say Barrios asked DiGiovanni and other showgirls on the sidewalk to pose with him for a photo before wielding a large chef’s knife outside the Wynn Las Vegas resort.

District Attorney John Giordani was not immediately available Friday for comment on the competency ruling by Clark County District Court Judge Christy Craig.

Giordani has said surveillance videos clearly show the afternoon attack.

Barrios’ lawyer said his client was born in Guatemala and has lived in the US for at least several years, but it was not clear if he is a documented immigrant.

A police arrest report said that after arriving in Las Vegas from Los Angeles, Barrios asked a Wynn hotel concierge to contact U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to send him back to Guatemala.

Barrios told police he thought the stabbed women were laughing at him and making fun of his clothing, authorities said.

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