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Man accused of firing arrows at officers ruled competent to stand trial

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Man accused of firing arrows at officers ruled competent to stand trial

By Geoff Liesik | Posted - Feb. 13, 2014 at 12:46 p.m.


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DUCHESNE — A Tabiona man accused of firing a crossbow at a neighbor, and later shooting three arrows at sheriff's deputies during a three-hour standoff, has been found competent to stand trial.

The determination, reached Thursday in 8th District Court, was based on three evaluations of Michael L. Weaver's ability to assist in his own defense and understand the nature of the charges pending against him.

Weaver, 47, is charged with four counts of attempted aggravated murder, a first-degree felony; disarming a police officer, a first-degree felony; three counts of making terroristic threats, a second-degree felony; and two counts of propelling a substance at a police officer, a third-degree felony.

The charges stem from a July 7 incident where a Duchesne County sheriff's deputy went to Weaver's home after receiving a complaint that Weaver was making threatening phone calls to a neighbor.

Weaver is accused of threatening the deputy as well, brandishing a knife and then retreating inside. More deputies were called to the house who tried to negotiate Weaver's surrender. Instead he held them off for three hours, firing arrows at them through a broken window, according to charging documents.

None of the arrows hit the deputies, but one glanced off a patrol car. The arrows were aluminum and some were tipped with razor-sharp broadhead points, investigators said.

Weaver was eventually arrested and taken to a hospital. While there, he tried to disarm a deputy and pulled out an IV line, spraying two deputies with blood, court records state.

In addition to the charges filed after the July 7 incident, Weaver faces a separate aggravated assault charge for allegedly firing two crossbow bolts at a neighbor on July 2.

Weaver also made his first court appearance Thursday on one count of assault by a prisoner, a third-degree felony. The charge was filed Wednesday after a jailhouse fight between Weaver and another inmate, according to court records, which do not indicate what sparked the alleged altercation.

Preliminary hearings in all three cases are set for March 14. Weaver remains in the Duchesne County Jail.

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