Man Charged in Panguitch Lake Shooting Pleads Not Guilty

Man Charged in Panguitch Lake Shooting Pleads Not Guilty

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Sam Penrod reporting A Las Vegas man accused of shooting and paralyzing a Panguitch father of nine this summer has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

The motive for the shooting still remains a mystery. The shooter opened fire on the victim without any warning and then taunted him after he was shot.

Now a resolution to this attempted murder case appears headed for a very long road through the courts.

Eyewitness News was with Tracy Armstrong two months ago today when he was released from the hospital after spending nine weeks there.

Tracy was shot three times in an unprovoked attack on August 3. It happened as he was checking a family from Las Vegas into a cabin near Panguitch Lake.

Jasson Dylan Hines, 24, was arrested and faces charges of attempted murder. On October 4, Armstrong told Eyewitness News, "Really haven't thought much about the shooter or where that is headed; it really hasn't occupied much of my time. Our time has been spent doing positive things."

Man Charged in Panguitch Lake Shooting Pleads Not Guilty

Tracy is recuperating at home. He continues to suffer through terrible pain from the shooting, which has left him partially paralyzed. And now, Tracy and is family are preparing for the suspect to face trial. A mental evaluation found that Hines was competent to stand trial; despite that, he has entered pleas of not guilty by reason of insanity. And that insanity plea means a complicated legal case is ahead.

Hines, through his attorney, is also asking for the trial to be moved outside of Garfield County. For now, the trial is scheduled to begin on January 14.

Meanwhile the community of Panguitch continues to rally around Tracy and his family, and they move forward despite all they have been through.

For information on Tracy's recovery, you can visit his blog by going to the related link.

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