Morro Bay murder defendant declared mentally incompetent

January 7, 2017
William Schonberger

William Schonberger

A 22-year-old man who allegedly murdered his father at their Morro Bay home has been declared incompetent to stand trial. William Joel Schonberger is accused of killing his 59-year-old father with a machete. [KSBY]

During Schonberger’s initial arraignment hearing last month, a judge ordered the defendant to undergo a mental evaluation. A couple forensic psychologists then found Schonberger unfit to stand trial.

Schonberger will now undergo treatment until he is declared competent. The defendant is due back in court on Jan. 18 for a hearing that will determine the type of treatment he receives.

Shortly before 6 a.m. on Dec. 9, a California Highway Patrol officer spotted Schonberger pulled over on a street in Avila Beach. The officer then discovered Schonberger had blood on his clothes, wounds on his body and a weapon with a large blade in the vehicle.

Schonberger told the officer he had been in an altercation with a relative at their Morro Bay home. Morro Bay police officers then responded to the house at 419 Napa Avenue and found the body of John Schonberger.

William Schonberger is listed at the Napa Avenue residence as a registered sex offender. He was convicted of possession of child pornography in 2014.

For now, Schonberger remains in the San Luis Obispo County Jail, where he is being held without bail.



  1. CentralcoastRN says:

    The guy who ate his own poop that robbed the bank and stabbed himself in the eye was deemed fit to stand trial. This guy was not. Interesting.

    So is the dad named William too, or is this 22 a registered sex offender. I’m thinking it was the dead guy, but it isn’t clear in the article.

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  2. Rambunctious says:

    There are certain crimes and evil acts like child molestation and decapitation that should matter not the mental stability of the offender.

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