Omeed Popal and his wife, in happier days (by default).
Omeed Popal, the possibly deranged SUV driver who told San Francisco police "everyone needs to be killed" after allegedly re-enacting "Death Race 2000" in a lethal rampage around the Bay Area, has been ordered by Superior Court Judge Carol Yaggy to stand trial on 35 felony counts.
He is accused of leaving 19 people injured in San Francisco and killing a man in Fremont following a hit-and-run spree in August of 2006. At the time, Internet rumors cast Popal as a jihadi, killing infidels on the streets of San Francisco with his annointed SUV. That, it seems, was not the case.
In any event, it will all come out in court. Here's the announcement from the San Francisco District Attorney's office (and, keep in mind, Popal is still on the hook for that Fremont homicide):
San Francisco Superior Court Judge Yaggy determined on January 7, 2008, to
hold the defendant to answer to 16 counts of attempted murder, 16 felony
counts of assault with a deadly weapon, one felony count of battery on a
peace office, one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon on a peace
officer, and one felony count of reckless evasion from police.
Each of the attempted murder counts include allegations that the defendant
acted with premeditation and deliberation. The defendant could face life in
prison for these crimes.
The preliminary hearing began on December 12, 2007. The District Attorney's
Office called 46 witnesses, and the court reviewed medical records for 12
different victims. The next court date is scheduled for January 22, in
Dept. 22, 850 Bryant Street, for an arraignment on the information.
— Joe Eskenazi