Charges against shooting suspect dropped

POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — The charges against an eastern Idaho man suspected in a shooting at a Pocatello coffee shop a year ago have been dismissed because he's unfit to stand trial.

Gerald Durk Simpson was charged with felony aggravated battery with a deadly weapon enhancement after police say he shot Ryan Mitchell in the back outside a Pocatello coffeehouse in September 2010.

In a story published Sunday, the Post Register reports that felony charges against Simpson of Pocatello were dismissed on Aug. 30.

The dismissal order states Simpson lacks the capacity to make informed decisions about his case and treatment.

Police say Simpson did the shooting soon after being removed from a state mental health program. The program through Idaho Health and Welfare saw reductions in July 2010 because of state budget cuts.

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Information from: Post Register

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