Plea deal coming for Smithfield man accused of stabbing his father

LOGAN — The preliminary hearing for a 25-year-old Smithfield man accused of killing his father, has been cancelled. Shane Hallstrom waived his right to the hearing Tuesday morning in 1st District Court, as attorneys said they are working toward a plea agreement that would prevent the man from going to trial.

Hallstrom showed no emotion and spoke only a couple times, telling Judge Kevin Allen he understood what was taking place. He has been in the Cache County Jail since being arrested outside his Smithfield home, April 28. He is charged with 1st degree murder.

Outside the courtroom, Hallstrom’s public defender Bryan Galloway said he and prosecutors are working out a possible plea agreement, but would not give specifics until a scheduled plea hearing October 13. He explained that the agreement is taking into consideration his client’s possible mental illness, even though a judge has already ruled that he is competent to stand trial.

“Now we are going to go one step further and try to determine if he in fact has a mental illness, and to what degree that mental illness has an effect on him at this particular time,” said Galloway. “Also, if he does have a mental illness, if there is some treatment options available for him, obviously all within the criminal justice system which we are limited in our resources there.” 

Hallstrom was arrested outside his Smithfield home after officers said he stabbed Calvin L. Hallstrom in the neck with a kitchen knife. Calvin was found lying at the entrance of the driveway, unconscious and bleeding heavily from the neck when officers and deputies arrived. 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.

Galloway said Hallstrom will not speak much about what happened, and stays isolated at the Cache County Jail.

“He is aware of what took place. He acknowledges that it took place and I don’t know how a person is supposed to necessarily react on looking back on something like that. I guess he does as good as anybody could. I think it is difficult for him to talk about.”

During Tuesday’s hearing Judge Kevin Allen said he would contact the Utah State Mental Hospital and discuss possible treatment options, before the scheduled plea hearing in October.

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