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8/6/2009 6:00:00 AM
Murder suspect's competency report expected in 60 days
Shawn Guerrero
Shawn Guerrero

Erin Taylor
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - A final report on the competency of a man charged with killing his father and then setting his house on fire is expected within 60 days.

Shawn Avery Guerrero is charged with felony first-degree murder. He was 26 when he allegedly shot his father, 59-year-old John Guerrero, in the neck and back before setting fire to his father's home Sept. 27.

Guerrero was arrested the next day by Tempe police on an outstanding misdemeanor warrant after an attempt to locate was issued.

Judge Rick Williams ordered Guerrero to undergo psychiatric treatment at the Arizona State Hospital in Phoenix six months ago, after two doctors with the Mohave County Jail said he was not mentally competent and unable to assist in his own defense.

The ruling was made then to determine if Guerrero could be deemed competent after receiving treatment through the state hospital.

Carlene Lacy with the Mohave County Public Defender's Office said Wednesday that she expects the final report to show that Guerrero is now competent to stand trial, although she added that that determination has not been finalized.

Court documents indicate that friends and family told officials Guerrero suffered some sort of nervous breakdown in Spring 2002. A licensed counselor who spoke to Guerrero last year said it was his opinion that Guerrero suffered from paranoid personality disorder, although that interview was cut short because Guerrero became suspicious of the counselor.

Guerrero underwent another evaluation in February where he identified himself as female and referred to himself in the third person. He said that he had been in the Air Force and killed 763 people in Iraq. The doctor at that time said Guerrero displayed prominent disassociate symptoms as well as thought disorganization and psychosis.

In addition to first-degree murder, Guerrero also faces charges of arson of an occupied structure, two counts of criminal damage, tampering with physical evidence, disorderly conduct with a weapon, resisting arrest and animal cruelty. John Guerrero's dog, Able, was also killed in the fire.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, August 30, 2013
Article comment by: Carly Blackie

I had the pleasure of meeting Shawn recently. He is a gentle loving man. I'm no doc but I would say, the drugs incapacitate him too much. Also, I don't believe he is quite as guilty as people think he is. Before I left facility they uped his meds where he no longer could have a conversation with me, this I don't know why but they did. Shawn spoke highly of his father, and as well his memories all were good. He told me, he has nightmares of the accident. That all these dreams thou are only from what people tell him happened.

Posted: Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Article comment by: No name provided

I love how you censor your readers' comments if they get a little too personal... You'll keep up an uninformed neighbor's comments but you wouldn't dare touch a slightly edgy comment from someone in the know. An unworthy father... a child molester was executed. plain and simple. Makes you start to question your own neighbors, huh?

Posted: Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Article comment by: Breanne

I once lived next door to the Guerrero Family. They always had a good family life. Both kids had a great father & mother. I am not sure what happend in Kingman after I left but my family stayed back there for years and they say that the drugs & violence (#1 guns) is horrible now. Shawn's father was a great man and this an unfortunate tragedy, I am so sorry & have thinking of the family since I heard the news. let's remember the good day's that they all shared together, and start thinking positive. The more we waste energy on the negative morons who strive for attention and harm one another the more it happens. May he rest in peace..

Posted: Sunday, August 9, 2009
Article comment by: No name provided


Ah, I see. You are no mental health expert, you just play one on the internet.

I recommend you do some reading as well. Try looking up information on how easy it is to fake being mentally ill and how often it has been done. I take it you are very easy to fool. Tell you what, feel free to visit this[deleted] in prison and tell him how it is not his fault.

Posted: Saturday, August 8, 2009
Article comment by: Joe

@ Sad little town...

Mentally ill doesn't = mentally retarded. His intelligence has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with whether he's mentally ill. That being said, I still don't buy everyone lacking responsibility for their own actions. My opinion is if he were truly a flake, he wouldn't have fled after the crime.

Posted: Friday, August 7, 2009
Article comment by: Donald

Dear No Name

I do not work in the mental health field nor do I know anyone that is mentally ill. In fact, my work history has been mostly in the manufacturing field. I have been retired for about five years now.

As I had stated before, mental illness is as bad to many degrees as a physical illness. The fact that a mentally ill person can move about and at times seems to speak rationally does not dimish the fact that a person can be ill. We cannot define illness solely by what we can see physically. The brain, as is well known, is a very mysterious entity on it's own. The brain, as I am sure you aware, controls everything we do, good or bad. I am sure that many if not most sane people do not go willingly and commit a henious act for it's own sake. Rational and sane people simply do not do that.

I strongly recommend that you do some reading in the field of mental illness before you go and comdemn those that are more compasionate for their fellow man.

Posted: Friday, August 7, 2009
Article comment by: No name provided


"I am not condoning these acts,....."

Uh....yes, you are. Don't tell me, let me guess. You work in the mental health racket, right? Everyone is a victim and no one is responsible for anything. The commentor "Sad little town we live in" is much more believable with their assessment than your one size fits all one.

Posted: Friday, August 7, 2009
Article comment by: No name provided

So are we saying that not all murders are sick? humm i dint know about all that. seems to me if that if a person is willing to commit murder they have some kind of mental issues. just a thought.

Posted: Friday, August 7, 2009
Article comment by: Sad little town we live in

The guy is faking it!!!!! I know of people who know him that watched him fake it before, for hummor! It is one of his games he plays with people and has done it for years for kicks. He's actually really smart, and I find it sad no one see's or knows this but them. The ones who really know Shawn..... Justice will prevailllll....

Posted: Thursday, August 6, 2009
Article comment by: Donald

Sometimes, because of mental issues, it is somewhat difficult to blame an agressor. Mental health should be viewed in the same manner and light as physical health. I am not condoning these acts, but in light of the mental health issues of this person, a plea of dimishished capacity would be in order. Hopefully he will or may recover and then become an asset to the community. He should not be judged as a rational person would be, but rather as a very sick man.

The unfortunate and unnecessary death of his father is by far the saddest part of this tragedy. May he rest in peace.

Until all the facts are in, we should not judge the the culpability of this sad episode or lack thereof.

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