Anderson's competency in question

A man charged with attempted murder and kidnapping after an incident near Rock last year has been ordered to have a psychological evaluation at Larned State Hospital. 

The order for Marty Anderson was filed on Nov. 7, court records show. According to the order, the exam must be completed within 60 days of Anderson’s admission to the state hospital. The exam can be performed in person at the state hospital or at the county jail via Skype. 

The order says the county sheriff must coordinate the date and time of the exam with Larned State Hospital. The hospital will notify the sheriff when the exam is completed and file a report with Cowley County District Court. The order for a psychological evaluation follows an order for commitment to Larned State Hospital issued on June 5. 

A jury trial was scheduled for Anderson earlier this year but has been postponed until after the exam takes place. If Anderson is found competent to stand trial, he will be returned to Cowley County no later than seven days after the district court is notified and the proceedings will resume. 

If he is found to be incompetent, he will be committed for evaluation and treatment at Larned for no more than 90 days. After that time, the chief medical officer there will certify to the court whether Anderson has a substantial probability of attaining competency to stand trial in the foreseeable future. 

If this probability exists, he will be ordered to remain at the hospital until gaining competency or for six months, whichever comes first. If the probability does not exist, the court will order commencement of involuntary commitment proceedings. 

Anderson has been charged with attempted second degree murder and kidnapping, among other crimes, for allegedly shooting his wife and holding her and his two stepdaughters hostage at a residence near Rock on Nov. 8 and 9, 2018. 

He also faces numerous charges of sex crimes in relation to events that took place during the hostage situation, and also for previous incidents involving one of the stepdaughters in a separate case. 

After a preliminary hearing in January, a district court judge ruled there is enough evidence for the case to proceed to trial. Anderson has pleaded not guilty to all charges. 

Anderson remains in the Cowley County Jail on $500,000 bond.

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