The preliminary hearing for the West Valley City man suspected of fatally shooting a Cedar City resident has been continued after the defense motioned for a competency evaluation Thursday in 5th District Court.
Mark Mair, who will turn 28 Friday, is accused of murdering Justin Hanna in a Cedar City trailer park in July 2016. He was arrested in Grand Junction, Colorado, following a two-day manhunt.
He’s facing one first-degree felony count of aggravated murder, aggravated burglary and seven counts of felony discharge of a firearm in connection with the homicide. He’s been held in the Iron County Jail following his arrest last August.
Defense attorney Douglas Terry filed the motion for a competency evaluation on April 19. The details of the request, including the motivation for the evaluation, were not available Thursday.
Terry declined to provide any additional details on the motion, but explained that it was standard procedure anytime there was questions about a defendant’s mental health.
“This is just something we do as a matter of course,” he said. “In a case like this we’ve got to make sure that his mental health needs and issues are addressed and how it might impact his culpability in this type of case. It’s not uncommon for that to be filed.”
Court records indicate that the competency evaluation will be conducted by at least two mental health experts under the direction of the Utah Department of Human Services. Mair will return to court May 23 for a review of their findings. The results from the evaluation will dictate how…
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