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Kirkpatrick to use insanity defense in murder case

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

McCOOK, Nebraska -- Lawyers for a 19-year-old Bartley, Nebraska, man accused of killing a 14-year-old McCook girl have filed a notice of intent that they will rely upon the insanity defense at trial. The notice of intent and an additional motion to suppress evidence were filed by the defense counsel for Stathis Kirkpatrick by the March 1 deadline.

The motion to suppress targets evidence seized from Kirkpatrick himself, his vehicle and residence, as well as statements he made that were the result of what the defense claims was an unlawful search and seizure.

More motions are set for April 17.

Kirkpatrick was determined to be competent enough to stand trial in February, after being committed to the Lincoln Regional Health Center for mental health treatment in September 2011 and ordered to remain there until he was competent to stand trial for the murder of 14-year-old Kailee Nichole Clapp.

Court documents filed in January found that Kirkpatrick "has the mental capacity to undertake the nature and object of the proceeding against him and can comprehend his own condition in reference to the proceedings."

The ruling came after the court received a letter from a clinical psychologist and psychiatrist, both of the Lincoln Regional Health Center.

The defense for Kirkpatrick filed a motion in February that required the Lincoln Regional Center to release to them all records pertaining to Kirkpatrick's hospitalization.

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.

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