Court orders competency exam for Laumann

MARSHALL — The man charged in connection with a police standoff in Marshall will undergo evaluations to determine if he is competent to continue with court proceedings, a Lyon County District Court judge ordered.

Paul Kenneth Laumann, 63, appeared in custody in court on Tuesday afternoon.

Laumann is charged with first degree attempted murder, first degree assault, second degree assault with a dangerous weapon, making terroristic threats, and reckless discharge of a firearm. He was arrested April 17 after a multi-hour standoff with members of the regional Emergency Response Unit.

A criminal complaint alleges Laumann fired a gun at a police officer in his home on East Main Street, and later also shot through a window at an officer standing outside.

Tuesday’s hearing was scheduled to be an omnibus hearing, where the court determines if there is probable cause for the charges against a defendant. However, defense attorney Cecil Naatz requested that Laumann undergo mental health examinations. The request was for two exams to be done at the same time: one to determine whether Laumann was competent to continue with court proceedings, and the second because the defense intended to use a mental illness or cognitive impairment defense in court.

Lyon County Attorney Abby Wikelius also agreed to the request for mental health examinations.

Judge Michelle Dietrich granted the request, and said that court proceedings would be stayed until the results of the evaluations came back. A court order filed Tuesday said a court-appointed examiner would have 30 days to complete the competency evaluation, and 60 days to complete the second evaluation.


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