Bartley Man Convicted of Killing McCook Girl

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A 20-year-old man faces life in prison after being convicted of killing a 14-year-old McCook girl last year.

The office of Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning says Stathis Kirkpatrick, of Bartley, pleaded no contest to a first-degree murder charge. Kirkpatrick's trial was scheduled to begin Sept. 10.

Kirkpatrick earlier pleaded not guilty to the murder and other charges in the death of Kailee Clapp, whose burned body was found the evening of Jan. 21, 2011, in a Bartley cemetery. She had been reported missing that morning from her McCook home.

Kirkpatrick originally was deemed mentally unfit to stand trial, but a judge later found him competent.