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Detmer claims mental defect

by Ivan Foley
Landmark editor

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 Parkville.

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.