claims mental defect
James Detmer, recently extradited from a Texas prison,
pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disorder or disease
in a Platte County Circuit Court hearing on Friday.
Platte County Prosecutor Tammy Glick explained that once
the court order is signed, the mental exam must be completed
within 60 days. Once the mental exam is completed, each
side has the ability to ask for a second mental exam if
they do not agree with the first.
Detmer faces second-degree murder and armed criminal
action charges in the death of Wilber Detmer, his father,
in January 2001. Authorities allege Detmer used a claw
hammer to kill his father at his father's residence near
Detmer is also facing criminal charges in Ray County.
Authorities there are charging Detmer with two counts
of assault for allegedly pouring gasoline on his sister
and threatening to ignite her, as well as hitting her
with a car, pushing her through a barbed-wire fence, and
trying to run over a neighbor.