Competency Concerns Delay Court Proceedings For Accused Kidnapper

In August of this year police arrested 48-year-old Kevin Fuller on charges of kidnapping after an incident at the Maverik Store in South Sheridan. After his case was bound over to 4th Judicial District Court for trial, the court set an arraignment hearing for September 10th. During that hearing counsel raised a concern about Fuller’s competency to stand trial. The arraignment was continued so that Fuller could be examined by the state mental hospital in Evanston.

The report concluded that Fuller was mentally competent and the court could proceed. Fuller’s attorney, Robert Jones, asked the court to delay the arraignment again so that Fuller’s VA records could be obtained and an independent mental evaluation can be completed. The court granted the motion and has not rescheduled the arraignment at this time.

Also in District Court, a 25-year-old Glenrock man pled not-guilty to felony larceny. Tyler Padgett is accused of taking a bicycle for a test ride at a local store and not returning it. The bicycle was valued at more than $1,000. The defense attorney argued to lower Padgett’s bail based on the fact that he has a clean criminal history.

However, during interviews with law enforcement about the Sheridan case, Padgett allegedly admitted to committing the same crime in other jurisdictions. The prosecution contacted at least 7 other towns in Wyoming and several in Colorado and confirmed that unsolved larcenies were being investigated there. Padgett now may have charges pending in many of those other communities, as well.

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