Competency hearing postponed for Smithfield man charged with murder

LOGAN — A 25-year-old Smithfield man accused of killing his father remains in jail as doctors continue to determine if he is competent to stand trial. Shane Hallstrom was in 1st District Court Monday afternoon for a status hearing, after defense attorneys requested two mental evaluations be done on him in May.

Defense attorney Bryan Galloway told the court he had only received one of the evaluations back and the second one had not been completed.

Judge Kevin Allen said the charges are serious enough for the court to wait for the second evaluation to be completed but expressed concern for delaying the case much longer. He ordered Hallstrom to appear again in court July 11 for another status hearing to determine if the defendant is mentally competent to stand trial.

Hallstrom was arrested April 28 outside his Smithfield home after officers said he stabbed Calvin L. Hallstrom in the neck with a kitchen knife. The two had previously agreed to meet and spend the evening together, and try to repair their relationship.

Calvin was found lying at the entrance of the driveway, unconscious and bleeding heavily from the neck when officers and deputies arrived. He was transported to Cache Valley Hospital by ambulance where he was later pronounced dead. Shane was found kneeling near Calvin’s body. He was subdued and unwilling to speak to investigators. Officers later searched the home and found a three-inch long paring knife believed to be the murder weapon.

Hallstrom was booked into the Cache County Jail and later charged with 1st degree murder. He is being held without bail.

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