The accused in a strange rape and kidnapping case in the Gulf region was admitted to a government hospital

Previously convicted in federal court, Matthew Daniel Mueller, 44, later in Solano County Superior Court in a 2015 Vallejo kidnapping and rape case that made national headlines, was admitted to Napa State Hospital and had to take antipsychotic medication.

He was admitted to Napa Hospital in June and forced to take medication, and legal proceedings against him were suspended until he regained his mental capacity.

Matthew Muller

Under state law, an accused who is deemed incapable of assisting his defense or understanding court procedures cannot be prosecuted. However, once they are deemed eligible, criminal charges can be reinstated and the defendant can be scheduled to face further court proceedings, including a jury trial.

On August 25, Judge Daniel Healy Mueller, a Harvard-trained attorney and Gulf War veteran, ordered the accused to take medication. On September 7, Healy heard a periodic progress report from the State Hospitals Administration, and two days later issued an order to compel involuntary treatment with the drug.

There are no pending judicial records for Mueller online, so, for now, he will not face a jury trial in Healy’s courtroom, Section 2, at the Vallejo Justice Building.

The state case against Mueller — who was convicted and sentenced in 2017 in a federal courtroom in Sacramento to 40 years in prison for kidnapping a couple and raping the victim before she was released near her family home in Southern California — was filed January 26, 2018.

On September 25, 2020, Healy suspended criminal proceedings, and on September 28, he ordered the so-called “1368 Doctor’s Report” to determine if Mueller was able to assist in his defense.

At one point in the case, the court received notice that Mueller had been accepted into the prison-based competency program, a specialized program for defendants deemed ineligible to stand trial.

On November 2 last year, Healy received a report from the doctor and later ordered that Mueller be placed under the care of MHM Services, a national company that contracts with government agencies for the care of inmates with offices in Vallejo, an insured facility.

Court records do not indicate a physician’s decision, but, typically, if a defendant is transferred from custody to a mental health services agency, he or she will likely be deemed ineligible.

Later, on December 4, after a staffing evaluation from MHM, Healy Muller was ordered to commit to one of five California hospitals for a maximum of two years. On December 21, the judge received an update on alternatives to placement and care from MHM services and the defendant was placed on a treatment program.

Mueller’s last court appearance came nearly two months ago after a long series of defendants’ requests, dating back to October 2018. A jury trial has long been scheduled for the fall of 2020, but it’s unclear when that will happen. Although he previously served as his own attorney, Mueller is now represented by the Solano County Duty Public Defender.

An initial state hearing for Mueller, formerly Orangevale, took place more than two and a half years ago. He is accused of what can only be described as a crime so incredible that the Vallejo police initially considered it a sophisticated hoax.

During the initial hearing, Mueller – a former Marine – listened to the female victim in the case, Dennis Hoskins. She recounted some of the events that began on March 23, 2015, when the accused entered the Mary Island home of Hoskins and Aaron Quinn, both in their 30s.

Federal court records indicate that Mueller tied them up with ties, blindfolds and headphones, then drugged them both. Mueller left Quinn at home with a warning that he was being watched on camera and told not to call the police.

Mueller puts Hoskins in the trunk of Quinn’s car, then gets off of her and switches vehicles, continuing with Hoskins blindfolded, driving her to the family’s South Lake Tahoe home, where he rapes her twice. Mueller held her for two days before driving her to Southern California, then releasing her near her family’s Huntington Beach home.

Vallejo police described the reported kidnapping as a fabrication for which the couple should apologize. Hoskins and Quinn then filed a defamation suit against the police department. Police later apologized to the couple, who in 2018 reached a $2.5 million settlement with the city of Vallejo and its police department.

Mueller was arrested in South Lake Tahoe on June 8, 2015, after evidence, including a video of Mueller and Hoskins, was found at his mother’s home.

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