Murder Suspect’s Competency Questioned

Back in April 2022, at about 12:30am, members of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office were actively searching for Daniel Drum, 25, who was previously reported as a missing person at-risk due to mental health issues. The Sheriff’s Communication Center received a call reporting a family disturbance in the area. Deputies responded and learned an altercation between Drum and his 62-yearold father occurred resulting in a homicide. Drum fled the scene prior to deputies’ arrival. Deputies later located Drum hiding under an abandoned house in Piru and arrested him. UPDATE: Drum’s defense attorney expressed to the court that his client may not have the capability to understand the charge brought up against him. Criminal proceedings have been suspended and schedule for next month to discuss the issue of his mental competency.