The man charged with robbing the Wellsville Bank twice last fall is mentally fit to stand trial, a federal magistrate decided Tuesday.
Dale Alan Robertson, Olathe, was determined competent to stand trial after his initial appearance before Federal Magistrate Ronald C. Newman in Topeka.
Brent Anderson, first assistant U.S. attorney for Kansas, said the judge reappointed the federal public defender's office to represent Robertson, and he set a detention hearing for 4 p.m. Thursday. The U.S. attorney's office probably will attempt to convince the court that Robertson should be detained without bond, Anderson said.
Robertson returned last week from almost three months at the Federal Medical Center for Prisoners in Springfield, Mo., where he underwent psychiatric and competency evaluations.
He is charged with two counts of bank robbery. In addition, he faces one count of using a firearm in connection with the first robbery. More than $7,500 was stolen during the Wellsville Bank robberies on Aug. 23 and Sept. 4.