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Murder trial delayed for mental evaluation

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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GREAT BEND, Kan. (AP) — The first-degree murder trial of a central Kansas man has been delayed until the suspect undergoes a mental health evaluation.

No new date has been set for the trial of Jeffery Wade Chapman after a hearing Monday determined he was experiencing hallucinations while jailed in Barton County.

Chapman is charged with killing 25-year-old Damon Galyardt, whose body was discovered southwest of Great Bend in November 2011.

Lisa Taylor, spokeswoman for the Kansas Judicial Office, told the judge Monday that the Barton County sheriff has reported Chapman was experiencing hallucinations in jail.

The Great Bend Tribune reports Larned State Hospital currently has no openings and no new trial date will be set until Chapman can undergo the evaluation.


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