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Forum staff reports, Published July 31 2012

Accused wife killer’s hearings postponed for new mental exam

FARGO – Court hearings for a Fargo man accused of stabbing his wife to death in March have been postponed because of ongoing mental evaluations.

Last week, a judge granted a defense motion for 50-year-old Henry Leo Deniger to undergo a mental evaluation to determine if he’s competent to stand trial.

The results were expected before a scheduled preliminary hearing this Thursday, but the judge also granted a prosecution motion for a separate evaluation to determine Deniger’s fitness to stand trial and whether he can be held criminally responsible for his actions. That evaluation must be done between Aug. 12 and Sept. 5, Assistant State’s Attorney Reid Brady said Tuesday.

As a result, Deniger’s preliminary hearing – at which he would like enter a plea of guilty or not guilty – has been pushed back to Sept. 27.

A motion hearing to consider Deniger’s request for new counsel also has been postponed from Thursday to Aug. 29.

Deniger is accused of stabbing his wife, Kathye Deniger, who was found dead in their south Fargo apartment on March 6.