Lawyer of accused killer of paramedics asks for incompetency ruling

March 02, 2018
Genaro De La Cruz Ajqui is being held at Palm Beach County Jail without bond. (Palm Beach Post file photo)

Lawyers for Genaro De La Cruz Ajqui, the driver of a car Jupiter police say hit and killed two paramedics on Indiantown Road on June 1, have introduced a motion Friday to have him declared incompetent to stand trial.

Two physicians determined the 39-year-old Jupiter resident is incompetent to stand trial. One of the physicians recommended that investigators listen to Ajqui’s phone calls from the Palm Beach County Jail, where he is being held without bond.

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Palm Beach County Circuit Court Judge Dina Keever-Agrama ruled that a third physician will examine Ajqui. The next hearing in the case is set for Mar. 16 at 9 a.m.

Ajqui is charged with two counts of DUI manslaughter, two counts of vehicular homicide, one count of DUI damage to a person/property, and one count of driving without a license. Killed in the crash were paramedics Lahiri Garcia, 51, and Paul Besaw, 36.

Besaw’s widow, Dawn Besaw, was at Friday’s hearing. She has a 6-year-old daughter Allison.

“I’m paying $170 a week for counseling for my daughter. Taxpayers will pay to have counseling for (Ajqui). That’s not right. This man has to be held responsible for the death of my husband. I want to know there is justice,” Besaw said after the hearing.

Ajqui’s immigration status will not be determined until the criminal process is complete, said U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Spokesman Nestor Yglesias.

“I cannot discuss (Ajqui’s) immigration status when he is not in our custody,” said Yglesias.

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Police say Ajqui was driving a Chrysler Sebring at about 3 a.m. when he collided with the ambulance.

Ajqui, handcuffed and wearing a dark blue jail uniform Friday, said nothing to the judge at the 20-minute hearing at the Palm Beach County Jail on Gun Club Road.

In the span of 10 years, Ajqui was cited three times for driving without a license and once for not having a tag for his car. Each time he pleaded guilty and paid a fine, according to records. On Christmas Eve 2015, he was cited for passing in a no-pass zone and paid the civil penalty, according to Palm Beach County records.

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