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Alleged Hostage Taker to Stand Trial

Alleged Hostage Taker to Stand Trial



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A man accused of taking hostages in a Heber medical clinic -- and saying he believed he was capturing a terrorist inside -- has been ordered to stand trial.

35-year-old Royal Giles allegedly pulled a gun in January on a patient in the Wasatch Medical Clinic. Police say he went there to speak to a doctor who had treated his stepfather two years earlier, but became angry and afraid of a patient typing into a laptop computer.

When the patient was called by a nurse, Giles allegedly pulled a gun on him, ordered him to lie on the floor and falsely identified himself as a police officer.

Police convinced him within minutes to surrender. There were no injuries.

Giles has been deemed competent for trial, but his attorneys have said they may offer evidence he was mentally ill at the time.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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