Mental competency evaluation ordered for man accused in IC armed robbery

Mental competency evaluation ordered for man accused in IC armed robbery
Podhajsky
04/15/18

A mental competency evaluation has been ordered for an Iowa City man accused in an armed robbery on the University of Iowa campus.

Online court records show a judge last month okayed the prosecution’s request to have an evaluation done – at the state’s expense – to determine if Robert Walker, 19, of Heinz Road, is competent to stand trial in the case.

Judge Paul Miller also gave approval to Walker’s planned insanity defense. A case management conference in the case has been scheduled for May 4.

Walker is accused in a Sept. 29 robbery in a parking lot near Rienow Hall. Police say he and a juvenile robbed two people at gunpoint, taking cash and one person’s wallet.

He’s charged with two counts of 1st Degree Robbery and one count of Carrying Weapons, charges with a total maximum of 52 years in prison.

Walker was also accused in an October attempted burglary on Tulane Avenue when he allegedly tried to kick in the door of the home but ran away when the residents inside turned on the lights. They later found he had also attempted to enter the home through a window.

For that incident, Walker is charged with Attempted 2nd Degree Burglary and faces up to another five years in prison.