Nebraska Prosecutors Appeal Incompetency Ruling In Lincoln Murder

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Prosecutors are appealing a decision by a Lancaster County District Court judge, who found a man suspected of killing his ex-girlfriend not competent to stand trial.

Prosecutors say 40-year-old Cesar Penado killed 38-year-old Maria Rosario Moreno, whose body was found in the bedroom of her third-floor apartment near downtown Lincoln in 2007. Her neck had been cut.

Authorities believe Penado killed Moreno because he was angry about their relationship.

In 2008, Lancaster County District Judge Steven Burns ruled that Penado was unable to understand the first-degree murder charge
against him and committed Penado to the state psychiatric hospital
in Lincoln. Penado has been found incompetent to stand trial since
that time.

Doctors have said he's developmentally disabled and shows psychotic symptoms, but prosecutors say he is capable of standing trial.

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