A hearing has been scheduled this coming Wednesday to determine a rural Scottsbluff man’s competency to stand trial regarding a standoff with law enforcement west of Scottsbluff August 20th.
The scheduled hearing follows the filing of a notice of insanityWednesday by attorneys for 65 year old Daniel Converse, who is charged with three felonies in the case. The court document filed by Gering attorney Sterling Huff follows a psychological evaluation by Dr. Matt Hutt that raises questions about Converse’s mental state.
Converse is charged with use of an explosive to commit a felony and two counts of terroristic threats. The explosive was a Russian World-War II era grenade which Converse threatened to detonate during negotiations with authorities. Two days later it was detonated safely by Police.
The previous charges concern alleged threats made to family members prior to the standoff who are now attempting to gain guardianship of Converse in a separate court filing in probate court.