Comstock found competent for trial


REED CITY — A Wyoming man accused of criminal sexual conduct, which allegedly occurred in Osceola County more than 20 years ago, has been found competent to stand trial.

On Thursday, Osceola County 77th District Judge Susan H. Grant ruled Jared William Comstock, 69, is competent to stand trial on two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

According to court documents, Comstock was arrested on Nov. 12, 2013, on the CSC charges. The alleged offenses involve a girl younger than 13 years old and took place in Osceola Township between January 1991 and December 1992.

During the competency hearing, Grant went over some of the findings in a report from Comstock’s competency examination.

A licensed psychologist interviewed the defendant as part of the competency examination, she said. Comstock’s health records also were reviewed.

The psychologist notes the medical report indicates some presence of Alzheimer’s disease, but also indicates Comstock is able to discuss court proceedings, understands proper courtroom decorum and is able to give enough information that suggests he will be able to assist his attorney in his defense on the charges he faces.

“Since that is the report’s recommendation, I am going to find him competent,” Grant said.

Comstock’s next court date has not yet been scheduled.