Quincy Tyler Crough, the Garden City man police accused of stabbing a female Walmart employee in April, appeared in court Monday for a case management conference.
The meeting of the judge and attorneys was meant to measure progress on the case and set dates for future activities.
The court asked Crough’s attorney, Public Defender Razmi Tahirkheli, to visit with his client and to get the requisite subpoenas for officials at Larned State Security Hospital, where Crough was sent for evaluation in September. The next hearing, which will be a competency hearing, is set for Jan. 15.
On April 6, Crough was arrested on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder and aggravated burglary, after police said he stabbed 31-year-old Walmart employee Estrella Parral without being provoked. Parral suffered multiple stab wounds to her head and face.
Crough’s bond in the case was set at $500,000.
He had earlier been convicted of attempted robbery in an incident Nov. 2, 2013, at Walmart, and the court had ordered him to stay out of the store.
At the first hearing on the stabbing case in May, Tahirkheli told the court his client didn’t want his medication because “his medication makes him act up.”
“What he was talking about is, if he doesn’t take his medication, if he no longer can understand what’s going on, or if he can no longer participate in his trial, I will have to file that he is not competent and will have to get a competency evaluation,” Tahirkheli said in May.
Tahirkheli also notified District Judge Robert Frederick at the time that he intended to assert a defense of mental disease or defect.
Crough was sent back to hospital after the court on Sept. 29 decided he was incompetent to stand trial.
According to the order for competency signed by Frederick, the court was acting on the findings of the Larned State Security Hospital, which determined Crough could not stand trial after a Sept. 22 evaluation.
The court had ordered Crough to be evaluated by Compass Behavioral Health in January for competency to stand trial on the charges from the November 2013 case, but he pleaded no contest in the attempted robbery.
His public defender in that case, Kristi Cott, had submitted a motion March 20 asking the court to consider granting Crough probation on the attempted robbery charge. In her motion, Cott wrote that granting Crough probation would “benefit community safety interests in the long run. Community safety would be better protected because Mr. Crough will be able to get the proper therapy he needs due to his mental illness.”
Crough had been out of jail for 10 days before the stabbing.