A hearing was held Wednesday morning concerning the determination of a rural Scottsbluff man’s competency to stand trial regarding a standoff with law enforcement west of Scottsbluff August 20th.
Gering attorney Sterling Huff represents 65 year old Daniel Converse, who is charged with three felonies in the case. Huff testified that the evaluation by Dr. Matt Hutt prescribed a specialized blood treatment for a condition that is causing Converse’ altered mental state.
Huff requested a commitment by the county to send Converse to a Denver hospital for the treatment, as it is not available at state facilities in Nebraska.
District Judge Randy Lippstreu said he was unsure if he had the authority to do that, since statutes indicate the judge “shall” commit the person to a state facility.
Prosecutor Cory Rothrock expressed the same concerns regarding the county assuming responsibility. He indicated the prosecution realizes this is a difficult situation, and that they just want to make sure the case is handled in the right way.
Lippstreu said he would take the motion under advisement so he could review his authority, and Huff said he would look further into other locations that might perform the treatment within the state.