Accused Killer Crouse Found Competent To Stand Trial

Written by on April 12, 2019

A trial involving a man who allegedly killed his ex-wife, Carol Barnes, more than a year ago will move forward after a hearing on April 2, per an article in the Lovell Chronicle.
A competency review hearing was held in Big Horn County Fifth Judicial District Court to go over the evaluation that was performed on Donald Joe Crouse at the Wyoming State Hospital.
At his Dec. 18, 2018, arraignment, Crouse pleaded not guilty and not guilty by reason of mental illness. Due to the plea, Judge Bobbi Dean Overfield had ordered that an evaluation be done at the Wyoming State Hospital to determine whether he was competent to stand trial.
Crouse appeared in person with his attorney, Timothy Blatt, at the hearing on Tuesday. The victim’s family was also present in the courtroom.
Big Horn County Attorney Marcia Bean told Judge Bobbi Dean Overfield that Crouse has been found competent to stand trial.
Now that the trial is continuing, Bean indicated she would let the court know within 30 days if her office would be seeking the death penalty. A tentative 3-week trial is set to start June 3rd.

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