Competency hearing scheduled for bank robbery suspect

The Scottsbluff man accused of robbing a branch of Valley Bank on the day before Thanksgiving will have a hearing to determine his competency to stand trial.

42 year old Michael Scott's court appointed attorney, public defender Bernard Straetker suggests that his client may be incompetent, and has filed a request that the court determine whether or not the defendent is compentent to stand trial, and further to have the court appoint a licenced psychiatrist or clinical psychiatrist to examine Scott to determine his competency to stand trial.

During his arrainment hearing in January, Scott sat silently as Straetker responded to Judge Randall Lipstreu's questions regarding Scott's rights and then simply told Lippstreu he believed his client would enter not guilty pleas to the charges. Lippstreu then entered the not guilty pleas without Scott saying a word.

Scott is accused of robbery and possession of a controlled substance after he was arrested at a mobile home in west Scottsbluff.

In a separate case, Scott is accused of theft by deception regaring theft and fraud cases involving local bank ATM cards, resulting in losses of over $8,000.

A competency hearing has been scheduled for next Thursday, January 24th at 8 a.m.

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