Trial Set For Suspect In Star Valley Murder Case


Star Valley resident Paul Roosen will go to court Oct. 17, where he'll be tried on charges of first-degree murder, following the denial of his Rule 11 motion in Gila County Superior Court Monday.

"The Rule 11 was denied, which means he's competent to stand trial," County Attorney Jerry DeRose said.

Roosen is being held on charges of first-degree murder in connection with the February death of Calista Wright, who was shot and killed in her Star Valley home. Roosen also was charged with attempted first-degree murder for allegedly trying to shoot Wright's husband, Garrett.

According to investigators, Roosen returned to the home he shared with the Wrights the night of Feb. 11 just before 10 p.m. Mrs. Wright was in the master bathroom getting ready for bed, her husband said. Just as she shut the bathroom door, Wright said, the bedroom door flew open and Roosen fired three shots, each one missing him. As Mrs. Wright came out of the bathroom, Roosen turned the gun on her, fatally shooting her in the head, Wright said.

Roosen was apprehended and booked into Gila County jail, where he remains in lieu of a $1 million bond.

DeRose said he is trying to arrange for the trial to be held in Payson, but said the jury will probably be picked in Globe.

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