Man found not responsible for burning down Nebraska church

A judge says a man accused of burning down a Nebraska church is not responsible by reason of insanity

KEARNEY, Neb. (AP) — A judge says a man accused of burning down a Nebraska church is not responsible by reason of insanity.

Forty-year-old Mathew Poehler, of Shelton, was charged with second-degree arson after investigators say he set a fire that destroyed the Zion Lutheran Church in rural Buffalo County on Dec. 11, 2019.

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Poehler’s attorney argued that at the time of the fire, Poehler was suffering so severely from a schizoaffective disorder that he didn’t know right from wrong.

Buffalo County District Judge John Marsh on Thursday ruled in favor of the insanity plea. He ordered a future court hearing to determine if Poehler was a danger to himself or others.

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