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Forum staff reports, Published April 20 2012

Psychological evaluation approved for Fargo murder suspect

FARGO – A Cass County judge has ordered the Fargo man accused of stabbing his wife to death be committed for a psychological evaluation to determine whether he can be held criminally responsible for his actions.

In an order signed on Thursday in a closed hearing, Judge Steven McCullough concluded that there is reason to believe the mental status of 50-year-old Henry Leo Deniger is likely to become an issue in the case, and committed Deniger to an evaluation.

Because Deniger is unable to pay for the evaluation, McCullough authorized the expense to the state, which made the order a public record.

Deniger is accused of stabbing his wife, Kathye Deniger, who was found dead in the couple’s south Fargo apartment March 6.

Also on Thursday, Deniger filed a letter with the court requesting a new attorney, claiming a conflict of interest.

Deniger’s next court appearance is scheduled for May 10.