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Tokunbo Okuwoga as seen during a 2010 court hearing. 

SEAN WORK / The Californian

Criminal proceedings against a man accused of gunning down three people in 2010 will remain suspended as attorneys attempt to gather more information regarding tests performed on the defendant to determine whether he's competent to stand trial. 

Attorneys representing Tokunbo Okuwoga, 28, said in court Wednesday they recently received envelopes from Atascadero State Hospital, where Okuwoga is being held, containing some but not all the information they requested.

Fred Gagliardini, Okuwoga's attorney along with Tony Lidgett, said he's entitled to the raw data from the testing, not just the opinions of the doctors who examined Okuwoga. He said he believes additional subpoenas will have to be filed to get that information.

Judge John W. Lua granted Gagliardini's request, which was agreed to by prosecutor Art Norris, to postpone the next hearing to Oct. 5. 

Authorities say Okuwoga shot the three victims to eliminate witnesses against him in a beating and attempted robbery case from a year earlier.

In the earlier case, Okuwoga, Anh Vu Bui, then 24, and Felipe Juarez Bravo Jr., 21, were identified by police as suspects in the brutal beating of Raul Zavala at Zavala's home on Sept. 23, 2009, police said in court filings.

On Sept. 22, 2010, Okuwoga entered a house in the 2000 block of Bradley Avenue, near Valley Plaza mall. Police said he then shot to death Bravo, Bravo's live-in girlfriend, Daina Caraveo, 22, and Bravo's father, Felipe Palacio Bravo, 43.

Bui was in the house at the time of the killings, but escaped being shot because he ran down a hall and hid in a closet, according to the filings. He later told police he heard Caraveo plead for her life and tell Okuwoga her children were in the house.

The children, then 5 and 3, were later found unharmed, hiding under blankets in a bedroom where the bodies of Caraveo and Bravo Jr. were lying.

Okuwoga was arrested the next day as he boarded a bus to Los Angeles. 

Bui later pleaded no contest to assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury in the Zavala case and was sentenced to two years in prison.

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