September Trial for Man Accused of Killing Nebraska Teen

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A trial has been scheduled for September for a Bartley man accused of killing a 14-year-old McCook girl.

Records files in Red Willow County District Court show the trial for 20-year-old Stathis Kirkpatrick is expected to last three weeks.

A judge scheduled the proceedings to begin September 10.

Kirkpatrick has pleaded not guilty to first-degree 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 had originally been deemed mentally unfit to stand
trial but the judge later found him competent.

His attorneys have filed paperwork indicating they'll pursue an insanity defense.