MADISON – A Norfolk murder case will not be going to trial.
Forty-nine year old Rodolfo Castaneda-Morjeon was ruled not competent enough to stand trial on Wednesday. He was facing first-degree murder and weapon charges. Castaneda-Morjeon was accused of stabbing to death Yosvanis Velazquez-Gomez at a Norfolk apartment last August.
Castaneda-Morejon’s court process was anything but normal. At one of his pre-trial hearings he blurted out “I killed that man” when asked a question by the judge…and at one point defense attorneys argued that statements made to police after his arrest shouldn’t be admissible because Norfolk Police didn’t use a certified translator.
Madison County Attorney Joe Smith says Castaneda-Morejon will now be sent to the Lincoln Regional Center for treatment. There will be a status hearing in Madison in August to determine whether or not he can be tried at that time.