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An El Cajon man committed to a mental hospital earlier this year after he was found to be mentally incompetent to stand trial in the killings of five relatives was found mentally competent Thursday.

After reading the opinions of psychiatrists in San Diego and at Patton State Hospital, San Diego Superior Court Judge David Gill agreed that Toufic Naddi, 45, can stand trial now for the June 1, 1985, slayings.

Gill committed Naddi March 17 after he determined that Naddi couldn’t work with his attorneys and was unfit to stand trial. After successful treatment, Patton psychiatrists ordered him returned to San Diego.


Naddi is charged with killing his wife, Aida, 26; her father, Habib Sabbagh, 73; her mother, Lillian Sabbagh, 58, and Naddi’s two brothers-in-law, Osama Mashimi, 38, and Michael Sabbagh, 38.

The victims were all Jordanians; Mashimi was an actor and comedian. Naddi is Lebanese.

Naddi’s two children are staying with relatives in Beirut.

Gill set a readiness conference for next Friday and a trial date will be set later.