Trial Hinges On Competency Hearing

Litigators continue witness interviews


Paul Roosen, 37, remains in custody in Gila County Jail, waiting to learn if doctors think he is competent to stand trial for the Feb. 11 shooting of Calista Wright at her Star Valley home.

"We're still waiting for the Rule 11 mental health reports to come back from the doctors," Roosen's attorney James Hazel said. The Rule 11 competency tests were ordered in April.

"We deal with Valley doctors, and they're doing this as a courtesy to us," he said. As such, Hazel said, litigators must abide by their schedules. "We need them on a lot of different cases, so we try to have some patience with them."

In the meantime, Hazel said his defense team is continuing to conduct interviews with potential witnesses.

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 that night 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 later apprehended by sheriff's deputies, and was booked into Gila County Jail, where he remains in lieu of a $1 million bond.

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