- Associated Press - Monday, June 20, 2016

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) - A judge has ruled that a man charged with sexually assaulting and killing a woman last year in Dubuque is not competent to stand trial.

The Telegraph Herald reports (https://bit.ly/28JGNA0 ) District Court Judge Monica Ackley on Monday ruled that 20-year-old Helmon Betwell, of Dubuque, wasn’t mentally competent to face charges in the Sept. 1 killing of 66-year-old Nancy A. Krapfl. She was killed while walking in Dubuque.

Betwell was charged with first-degree murder, first-degree sexual abuse and two counts of third-degree burglary.

During a brief hearing, Ackley said the charged would remain on hold until Betwell can be judged competent and understand the charges against him.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys agreed Betwell wasn’t competent.



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Information from: Telegraph Herald, https://www.thonline.com

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