McCOOK, Nebraska -- The 19-year-old Bartley, Nebraska, man accused of killing a McCook girl in January has been deemed mentally incompetent to stand trial.
Red Willow County District Judge David W. Urbom Monday committed Stathis Kirkpatrick to the Lincoln Regional Health Center for mental health treatment until he is considered competent to stand trial for the murder of 14-year-old Kailee Nichole Clapp.
Kirkpatrick's defense attorneys earlier this month cited a recent psychological examination indicating that Kirkpatrick was not competent to stand trial.
Judge Urbom found, however, that there is a substantial probability that Kirkpatrick will become competent within the foreseeable future. He ordered that Kirkpatrick be committed to the Lincoln facility until the disability may be removed.
Kailee Clapp disappeared from her McCook home some time during the night of Jan. 20/21, and her burned body was found Friday, Jan. 21, in the Bartley Cemetery.
Kirkpatrick is charged with first degree murder, use of a knife or deadly weapon to commit a felony, tampering with physical evidence and unlawful burial.