Published February 19 2010
Mapleton stabbing case delayed for mental examA state-paid examination will evaluate whether a 22-year-old man accused in a stabbing in Mapleton, N.D., last month is competent enough to stand trial.
In Cass County District Court on Thursday, Judge Steven Marquart delayed the case against Nicholas Dodge Bruesch for three months to allow time for the examination.
Cass County authorities believe that Bruesch, who lives in Mapleton, stabbed 22-year-old Donte Smith in the entryway of Bruesch’s home on Jan. 13. He’s charged with attempted murder.
Nicholas Thornton, the attorney for Bruesch, said in addition to his ability to stand trial, the report will examine whether Bruesch had the mental state required for culpability and if he had the capacity to understand the alleged act.
If Bruesch is found unfit to stand trial, his case will be put on hold. The report could also provide backing for what’s commonly known as an insanity defense.