Competency Ruling Puts Local Murder Trial On Hold

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Paul Roosen, the 37-year-old man accused of fatally shooting Calista Wright Feb. 11 in her Star Valley home, will undergo a series of examinations to determine his competency to stand trial.


At Roosen's Rule 11 competency hearing Monday, Superior Court Judge Edd Dawson ordered the defendant to undergo mental evaluations and issued a stay on all other court proceedings pending the outcome of those tests.


Roosen is being held on charges of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and burglary in connection with Wright's death.


According to investigators, Roosen returned to the home he shared with Calista and Garret Wright just before 10 p.m. Feb. 11.


Mrs. Wright was in the master bathroom getting ready for bed, her husband said. Just as she shut the bathroom door, the bedroom door flew open and Roosen fired three shots at the bed, where Wright said he and his dog were lying. The shots, Wright said, missed him and his dog. As Mrs. Wright came out of the bathroom, Roosen turned the gun on her, fatally shooting her in the head, Wright said.


Wright said he stopped Roosen in the hall and beat him with pool cues until officers arrived.

Roosen was transported to a Valley hospital where he was treated for his injuries. He was later taken to a Maricopa County holding facility and was booked into Gila County jail Feb. 25. He remains in custody in lieu of a $1 million bond.


Roosen's attorney James Hazel said one of three things can happen with a Rule 11 hearing.


"One is that he can be found competent to stand trial," he said. "Second, doctors can find that no, at this point he's not competent to stand trial, but he could be by going to the state hospital and receiving treatment."


The third option is that for whatever reason --medically or physically --the suspect will never be competent to stand trial.

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