Competency questioned for Steamboat man accused of shooting wife

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Robert Cash

— What was intended to be an arraignment in District Court for Robert Cash on Tuesday turned into a discussion about his competency to stand trial and the evaluations needed before the case can proceed.

Cash is accused of shooting his wife, Rhonda Cash, in the back of the neck early June 11 before shooting himself in the chest. He has been charged with attempted first-degree murder. Rhonda Cash is recovering from the injuries but still has lingering problems, she said by phone last week during a divorce proceeding. Her lawyer said she has problems in her extremities and is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Routt County Public Defen­der Sheryl Uhlmann said she was in the process of getting Robert Cash an evaluation, and she hopes to have that complete by the next hearing, scheduled for 1 p.m. Dec. 9.

Cash appeared in a wheelchair but without the oxygen tanks he has used in the past. Rhonda Cash was not involved in Tuesday’s proceedings.

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