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Posted: Friday, March 29, 2013 12:00 am

A Lodi man who police say tried to kill his mother with a steak knife is undergoing a psychiatric evaluation to determine if he's competent to stand trial.

Chad Elliott, 24, appeared March 19 in San Joaquin County Superior Court on one count of premeditated attempted murder, as well as three other felony charges. Elliott's public defense attorney, Ellen Schwarzenberg, asked that Elliott be evaluated because she did not believe he could assist in his own defense.

Court-appointed doctors will report their findings during Elliott's next court appearance, scheduled for April 11.

If both doctors determine that Elliott is able to assist in his defense, then criminal proceedings will continue, San Joaquin County District Attorney Don Vaughn said. If they determine he's not competent to stand trial, Elliott will then be treated until he's able to stand trial.

Police believe Elliott stabbed his mother, Pamela Swift, on March 16 in the 300 block of West Locust Street, after she went to check on her son and take him shopping, said Sgt. Eric Versteeg of the Lodi Police Department.

Officers found Swift, 50, around 1:30 p.m. at a neighbor's house after she was stabbed, Capt. Dale Eubanks said.

Swift was in stable condition in a south Sacramento-area hospital, after undergoing surgery for two stab wounds in the chest, Eubanks said.

Police are not sure what triggered the incident, Versteeg said.

Elliott faces charges of one count of inflicting great bodily injury, assault with a non-firearm weapon, assault by means of force, and attempted murder. He is currently lodged in the San Joaquin County Jail.

Contact reporter Kristopher Anderson at krisa@lodinews.com.

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