Tuesday’s hearing for the man charged in connection to the armed robbery of a Foothills truck stop was continued. This will give his attorney more time to discuss with the prosecution details of a possible treatment to restore her client's competency.
In asking for a several-week continuance, attorney Cynthia Brubaker of the Yuma County Public Defender's Office said her client, Jimmy McMullin, had previously undergone a mental competency evaluation. A psychologist determined he was restorable, but was not yet competent to stand trial.
Brubaker added that since the court has not ruled on the matter yet, she has been able to obtain several other mental health records that she was not able to get before her client's mental evaluation. She has since submitted them to the psychologist who performed the examination, for consideration.
As a result, she continued, the psychologist spoke with her about another potential method for restoring her client's competence, one that did not include placing him in Yuma County jail's restoration to competency program. Brubaker asked for an opportunity to discuss the method with the prosecution.
Competence, in legal terms, means that the defendant is aware of the proceedings against him or her and is able to assist a defense attorney.
Since the prosecution offered no objection, Superior Court Judge Brandon Kinsey granted Brubaker's request for a continuance and rescheduled the hearing for later this month.
McMullin has been charged with one count of armed robbery and one count of aggravated assault, both of which are felonies.
McMullin, who was on probation at the time he allegedly committed the armed robbery, also has two other cases pending against him, one of which is a probation violation. All three cases are being handled together.
According to the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to the Flying J Travel Plaza at 10800 N. Frontage Road at about 10:30 p.m. Nov. 18, 2018, after a report of an armed robbery.
Upon arrival, deputies learned that an unknown male suspect — wearing all black clothing and armed with a large knife — entered the store, jumped over the counter, displayed the knife to the cashier, and demanded money.
The cashier cooperated with the robber’s demand and was uninjured.
The suspect, later identified as McMullin, then fled the business with an undisclosed amount of money.
During their investigation, detectives located evidence that led them to a home in the 10700 block of South Amber Drive, where McMullin was taken into custody.