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Scott found competent to stand trial

(Michael Scott)

The 42-year old Scottsbluff man accused in the robbery of a Valley Bank branch and charged in theft and fraud cases involving bank ATM cards was found competent to stand trial in both cases Monday.

Since Michael Scott is charged in two separate cases before two District Judges, a unique joint competency hearing was held before both District Judge Leo Dobrovolny and District Judge Randy Lippstreu Monday afternoon.

Scott's court appointed attorney, Bernard Straetker entered a psychiatric evaluation as his only evidence. Dobrovolny said he had reviewed the evaluation and citing similar case law as precedent, Dobrovolny declared Scott competent to stand trial in the theft by deception case which resulted in losses over $8,000.

Then, Judge Lippstreu followed suit by declaring Scott competent to stand trial in the robbery case.

Dobrovolny set a pre-trial hearing in the ATM case for April 25th with trial set for the May 6th Jury term. Lippstreau set a pre-trial hearing in the robbery case for March 21st with trial set for the April 1st jury term.

Scott continues to be held in the Scotts Bluff County Detention Center with a $750,000 bond.

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