Forum staff reports, Published July 05 2012
Deniger attorneys to use mental health issue as defense
Earlier this week, attorneys for 50-year-old Henry Leo Deniger filed notice in Cass County District Court stating they would use a defense of mental disease or defect at trial. In April, Judge Steven McCullough committed Deniger to a mental health evaluation.
The notice filed Tuesday stated Deniger’s attorneys will introduce evidence obtained from a North Dakota State Hospital psychologist. Deniger is accused of stabbing his wife, Kathye Deniger, who was found dead in the couple’s south Fargo apartment March 6.
Deniger appeared in court on Thursday with public defenders Gordon Dexheimer and Nicholas Thornton.
Deniger asked the court in April to change attorneys due to a conflict of interest with witnesses the prosecution may call at trial.
Thursday’s hearing was continued to Aug. 29.