A case management conference for a Garden City man charged with second-degree murder in connection with a fatal motorcycle accident in October 2017 was rescheduled on Thursday for a later date, as court officials wait to to hear the availability of who is needed in order to move forward to schedule a hearing.
Court officials have arranged for a conference call at 3:30 p.m. on Friday to begin the process of identifying who is needed — including a translator — in the case of Bashir Omar, and what their availability would be in order to have a hearing.
Omar, 31, 312 W. Mary St., is charged with second-degree murder in connection with a motorcycle accident that killed 67-year-old Robert Becker of Garden City. Omar allegedly rear-ended Becker's motorcycle with his jeep in the 2400 block of Fleming Street on Oct. 7, 2017. Becker was pronounced dead at the scene.
The rescheduled case management is also expected to reveal results of of a mental evaluation of Omar from Larned State Hospital to determine if he is competent enough to stand trial. The evaluation also will help officials judge his ability to communicate with defense counsel, process information and make decisions regarding the case, and understand the charges.
Court officials said results of the mental evaluation were in, though they would not be released until the rescheduled case management.
The evaluation and issues acquiring a translator for Omar, a Somali immigrant who speaks little to no English, have caused several delays in the case.
Police say Omar showed signs of impairment the night of the accident. He also faces charges of reckless driving and driving under the influence.
According to a police affidavit, Omar told police he was intoxicated the night of the accident by a combination of alcohol and something similar to betel nuts, a stimulant found in parts of east Africa and Asia.
Omar told police he saw the motorcycle before the accident but that it “stopped suddenly.” He said he did not take his foot off the accelerator during the accident and that it was “the will of God” that it occurred.