Judge Rules Man Accused of Killing 2 Palm Springs Officers Is Mentally Fit for Execution If Convicted

John Hernandez Felix appears at his arraignment in Indio on Oct. 13, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

John Hernandez Felix appears at his arraignment in Indio on Oct. 13, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

A judge has ruled that the man accused of killing two Palm Springs police officers during an ambush-style attack is mentally fit to be executed if found guilty.

In his ruling on Friday, Riverside County Superior Court Judge Anthony R. Villalobos rejected a motion filed by defense attorneys to strike the death penalty for John Hernandez Felix, 28, asserting he was too intellectually disabled to face capital punishment.

Felix faces two counts of murder with the special circumstances of multiple murders, murder of a police officer in the line of duty and lying in wait.

Authorities say that during the Oct. 8, 2016, slayings, Felix used an assault rifle with an extended magazine to fire on Officers Lesley Zerebny, 27, and Jose “Gil” Vega, 63, through a metal security gate.

Read the full story at LATimes.com.

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