Competency hearing scheduled for Hastings man in felony assault case

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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - A judge scheduled a hearing next month to determine whether a Hastings man is mentally fit to stand trial in an assault case.

Trinity Heil, 41, is charged with felony assault, domestic assault, terroristic threats and strangulation.

In August last year, Hasting police attempted to arrest Heil at a house on Bateman street. At the time of the arrest, Heil was considered armed and dangerous. Heil escaped, but was arrested a couple of days later.

Police wanted Heil in connection with a kidnapping and domestic assault incident which had occurred earlier in the month.

In a court filing last week, Heil's defense attorney wrote that he has not been able to discuss the case in a rational manner with Heil. Heil's attorney has asked the judge to order a mental evaluation of the suspect to determine if he's mentally fit to stand trial and whether he understood what he was doing at the time of the crime.

A hearing on the matter is scheduled May second.

If convicted on all four felony charges, Heil could get more than 60 years in prison.