A Clearfield man found mentally competent to assist in his defense will face a preliminary hearing on charges of sexually assaulting an Ogden woman and taking her to Wyoming in the trunk of his car.
Jodie J. Hymas, 24, will appear before 2nd Circuit Judge Alfred Van Wagenen on charges of aggravated sexual assault, rape and aggravated kidnapping. The court date has not yet been scheduled.All three charges are first-degree felonies punishable by five years to life in prison.
Hymas initially waived a preliminary hearing and pleaded innocent by reason of insanity in 2nd District Court on Sept. 6.
He then was referred to Davis County Mental Health for a competency evaluation and to determine whether he was suffering from a mental illness at the time of his alleged criminal conduct.
Defense attorney Bert Havas said Tuesday that two psychiatrists who conducted the evaluation have determined that Hymas is mentally competent and able to assist in his own defense.
As a result, Havas said, Hymas now wants a preliminary hearing.
Second District Judge Douglas Cornaby said he thought it was "a waste of time" to send the case back to circuit court, but did so anyway.
Hymas is charged in an incident initiated in Davis County that took place on July 30 and 31.
According to a police report, Hymas and the Ogden woman, had been visiting a friend's home in Ogden and decided to go to Clearfield, where the crimiincident reportedly began.
Documents filed in 2nd District Court say the woman was struck, tied up and then assaulted before being put in the trunk of a car and "transported as a hostage" from Davis County to Evanston, Wyo.