Defense: Kirkpatrick not competent to stand trial

Stathis Kirkpatrick, Kailee Clapp

By:  Newsroom

A psychiatric examination submitted by lawyers for a Bartley man says he isn't mentally competent to stand trial for the murder of a 14-year-old McCook girl.

The examination was discussed during a hearing Thursday for 19-year-old Stathis Kirkpatrick. He's pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and three lesser felonies in the death of Kailee Clapp. The teen's burned body was found the evening of Jan. 21 in a Bartley cemetery. She had been reported missing that morning from her McCook home.

Red Willow County District Court Judge David Urbom is giving prosecutors time to review the examination. He scheduled an update hearing via conference call on Sept. 19.