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  • Reynolds shooting case continued for mental competency test
    by Tracie Sullivan
    Published - 08/28/13 - 06:40 PM | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    (CEDAR CITY, Utah) - James Alan Reynold’s preliminary hearing was continued Wednesday when the defendant’s attorney requested his client first be tested for mental competency before putting in his plea.

    Arrested August 15, 55-year-old Reynolds was charged with a 2nd degree felony of attempted homicide for allegedly shooting Austin Sharp during a high-speed chase with the Cedar City Police Department that ended with Reynolds colliding into a passenger car on his motorcycle at Center and Main Street.

    Sharp was shot twice with a .22 caliber rifle. Reynolds allegedly fired at least ten times before the victim veered off the road on his motorcycle. He was listed in serious condition for several days following.

    5th District Court Judge Michael Westfall granted Burns’ request and continued the case until the tests could be conducted.

    Iron County Attorney Scott Garrett said, the tests will be given by two independent doctors.

    “We end up with two professional opinions. That way we can make sure,” Garrett said.

    The results of the test will determine the direction the case will take. If Reynolds is found to be incompetent to stand trial additional considerations will be given. Garrett did not comment any further at this time about the case but said he will wait to see the results of the tests.

    The victim, 21-year-old Sharp, is a resident of Santa Clara and is currently recovering.. He did not appear at court today.
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