Lexington man will use "Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity Plea"

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LEXINGTON, Neb. (KNOP) -- Jose Regalado-Mendez plans to use a "Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity Plea" in his murder trial in Dawson County. His attorneys filed the paper work in March, but just filed a continuance to delay any more hearings.

Regalado-Mendez faces charges of First Degree Murder and Use of a Firearm to Commit A Felony. His attorneys filed his plea on March 2, 2018.

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Jose Regalado-Mendez, 37, is charged with premeditated First-Degree Murder and Use of a Firearm to Commit a Felony. The charges were explained to him Monday through an interpreter in the Dawson County District Courtroom.

Jose Regalado-Mendez chose to stand mute and not enter a plea, so the court entered a plea for him. District Judge James Doyle set a trial date for June 13.

Kenneth Harbison and Sarah P. Newell are the attorneys assigned to the Regalado-Mendez case.

Judge Doyle also approved a transport request by Mendez's lawyers, allowing him to be transported to Lincoln for a competency evaluation.

Dawson County Attorney, Liz Waterman, is prosecuting the case.

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The man prosecutors have charged in a Dawson County murder case appeared in court Thursday afternoon.

The judge said evidence in the case shows probable cause.

Jose Regalado-Mendez is charged with first-degree murder and use of a firearm to commit a felony.

More than 100 pieces of evidence have been collected from Regalado-Mendez's home, including the human remains of Jose Hernandez and surveillance video.

Officials said Hernandez's body was heavily decomposed.

The surveillance videos shows a total of three people in Regalado-Mendez's home during the incident.

Lead investigator Edward Albrecht said throughout the footage, no one assisted Hernandez after he was shot and injured.

The home security video system had four cameras, one in the home and the others outside.

The inside camera shows Hernandez and Mellissa Callahan having a verbal altercation.

Hernandez leaves the residence and then returns and he and Regalado-Mendez have an argument. Then, Regalado-Mendez pulls a gun out and points it at Hernandez at least twice before firing.

Albrecht said the preliminary autopsy report shows the gunshot wound did not kill Hernandez, and the video footage shows about 45 mins after he was shot Regalado-Mendez went to the body and made a motion that suggested he was kicking or stomping the victim.

The autopsy report also states the victim suffered from a gunshot wound to the neck, blunt force traumatic injuries and asphyxiation.

Regalado-Mendez's arraignment is set for Feb. 13 at 9:30 a.m.

The judge said there is no bond set.

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