BANNING (CNS) A man accused of fatally stabbing a 63-year-old acquaintance outside a Hemet business must undergo a psychiatric evaluation before he can be arraigned, a judge ruled Friday.
Hyder Mahdi Jaffer, 51, of Hemet is charged with murder and a sentence-enhancing allegation of using a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony for the December 2019 slaying of Inder Jit of Winchester.
Jaffer was slated to be arraigned before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Timothy Hollenhorst, but during the hearing, his public defender introduced a motion for the defendant to be evaluated based on mental competency concerns.
Without objection from the District Attorney’s Office, Hollenhorst ruled in favor of the motion, ordering the county Department of Mental Health to assign doctors to the case, with a status hearing scheduled for July 9 at the Banning Justice Center.
Jaffer is being held on $1 million bail at the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta.
According to Hemet police Lt. Jeff Davis, on the evening of Dec. 30, there was an unspecified confrontation between Jaffer and Jit as the latter sat in his vehicle in front of a business in the 1300 block of  East Oakland Avenue, near San Jacinto Avenue.
The conflict culminated in Jaffer stabbing the victim in the chest, investigators allege. Jit was discovered by passersby, who called 911.
Davis said patrol officers and paramedics arrived within a few minutes, but the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
Jaffer was immediately identified as a person of interest, and detectives spoke to him soon after the stabbing. However, he was not immediately arrested.
Davis said the investigative team ultimately gathered sufficient evidence to submit a request for charges to the D.A.’s office, and a criminal complaint was filed on Feb. 18, after which Jaffer was taken into custody.
A possible motive was not disclosed, nor were any details about the relationship between the two men, other than that they knew one another.
The defendant has no documented prior felony or misdemeanor convictions in Riverside County.