- 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.


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

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