- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 2, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A November trial has been scheduled for a Lincoln man who intends to raise an insanity defense against a charge that he killed his wife.

Forty-two-year-old Kent Burklund is accused of killing 41-year-old Bettina Burklund at their home in April 2014. Police say Kent Burklund told investigators he was afraid of his wife and believed gang members had put date-rape drugs into his drinks and poisoned him with methamphetamine.

Burklund’s lawyer has filed notice with the court of her intent to raise the insanity defense. A judge ruled in August last year and again in February this year that Kent Burklund was incompetent for trial. In May another judge ruled that Burklund was competent for trial.


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