Tyrell Cooper in court

Tyrell Cooper appeared in court on April 16 and was deemed incompetent to stand trial.

After the court determined he was not competent to stand trial, the man suspected of humiliating and beating another man to death was committed by a Kern County Superior Court judge to a psychiatric hospital to receive mental health treatment for up to two years.

Tyrell Cooper, 42, pleaded not guilty to one count of first-degree murder, one count of first-degree burglary, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, two counts of threatening with the intent to terrorize, one count of preventing or dissuading a witness to testify by force and one count of elder abuse.

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