Collier man accused of killing East Naples teen to be reevaluated for competency to stand trial
Rubi de los Angeles Velasco Palmer was remembered as someone who was inclusive and accepting of everyone. Megan Kearney, firstname.lastname@example.org
A man found incompetent to stand trial after he was accused of killing a Naples teen in 2018 will be reevaluated.
Santiago Burbano, 21, is accused of killing 18-year-old Rubi Velasco in an East Naples home on Sept. 13, 2018.
In March, psychologists determined Burbano was incompetent to stand trial, according to court documents signed by Collier Circuit Judge Joseph Foster.
The document states Burbano was "incapable of surviving alone or with the help of willing and responsible family or friends," and that there was substantial likelihood that in the near future he would inflict bodily harm on himself or another person.
Burbano was committed to the Department of Children and Families and placed in the South Florida Evaluation and Treatment Center where he was expected to reach competency, according to court documents.
A psychiatric evaluation filed on Oct. 11 states "Burbano is competent to proceed contingent on his remaining on psychotropic medications." An order to transport Burbano to the Naples Jail Center was filed.
Burbano was transported to the Naples Jail Center on Nov. 1, but he stopped taking his medication when he arrived at the jail center, according to court documents.
His defense attorney, Giovana Upson filed a motion to reject Burbano's transportation.
Upson spoke with Burbano on the phone on Oct. 21 — prior to his transportation to the jail center — and he was able to carry a conversation, according to court documents.
Upson spoke to Burbano again after his transportation to the jail center, according to court documents.
"He has decompensated and is no longer able to communicate regarding the case," the document states.
On Sept. 13, 2018, Collier County sheriff's deputies found Velasco in Burbano's bedroom at Tuscan Isle Apartments with a laceration on her neck, according to his arrest report.
Burbano's mother got a call from a relative indicating something might be wrong. When she went to check on her son, she found his bedroom door locked, according to his arrest report.
While outside his bedroom door, she heard Burbano say, "Mommy, mommy, I killed Rubi," the arrest report states.
The details in Burbano's evaluations are private and exempt from Florida's public records laws.
An order to reevaluate Burbano was filed on Thursday and a competency hearing is scheduled for Dec. 18, court documents show.