A man accused of attempted murder and numerous sex crimes in Cowley County has been ordered to be committed to the State Security Hospital at Larned for a mental health evaluation to determine his competency for trial, court records filed last week show.

A jury trial for Marty Anderson Jr. was scheduled to begin this week, but has been delayed until the evaluation can take place at the request of his defense attorney, Michael Brown of Derby.

The order for commitment states that Anderson will be transported by the Cowley County Sheriff’s Office to Larned for the evaluation, for a period not to exceed 60 days. If Anderson is found competent to stand trial, he shall 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 this time, the chief medical officer there will certify to the court whether of not 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, whatever comes first. If the probability does not exist, the court will order commencement of involuntary commitment proceedings.

A time frame for the evaluation has not been announced.

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. The court has ordered that the two cases be consolidated.

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

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