A judge has ruled that a therapist can interpret for developmentally disabled witnesses in an upcoming trial against a former Beatrice State Developmental Center employee accused of abusing center residents.
The judge ruled Friday on a motion by Matthew Pangborn's defense attorney objecting to the use of an interpreter. Prosecutors plan to use a therapist to interpret verbal and non-verbal communication by witnesses, who have difficulty speaking.
Pangborn was among five workers charged with abuse after an investigation last year at the Beatrice State Development Center. One has pleaded guilty to charges in the case, three others have pleaded no contest.
Pangborn faces a July 9 trial on 11 counts.