McCook Man Accused in Teen's Killing Committed

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A judge has sent a Bartley man accused of killing a 14-year-old McCook girl to a state psychiatric hospital.

Red Willow County District Court Judge David Urbom had ruled earlier this month that 19-year-old Stathis Kirkpatrick wasn't mentally competent to stand trial. The McCook Gazette reports that this week the judge committed Kirkpatrick to the Lincoln Regional Center for treatment.

Kirkpatrick has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and three lesser felonies in the death of Kailee Clapp. The teen's burned body was found the evening of Jan. 21 in a Bartley cemetery. She had been reported missing that morning from her McCook home.