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Suspect in Hostage Standoff Ruled Competent for Trial

Suspect in Hostage Standoff Ruled Competent for Trial



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HEBER CITY, Utah (AP) -- A man who allegedly took several hostages at a Heber City medical clinic has been ruled competent to face prosecution.

36-year-old Royal K. Giles is charged with first-degree felony aggravated kidnapping and second-degree felony aggravated assault for the January incident.

He's also charged with a misdemeanor for allegedly impersonating a police officer.

Police say, Giles went to the Wasatch Medical Clinic to speak with a doctor who treated his stepfather two years ago. When a 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.

A preliminary hearing is set for April 27th.

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

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