Man accused of killing NHP sergeant deemed sane for trial

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LAS VEGAS (AP) – A man accused in the March shooting of a Nevada Highway Patrol sergeant has been deemed competent to stand trial following roughly two months of treatment for bipolar disorder at a psychiatric facility.

John Leonard Dabritz is accused of killing NHP Sgt. Ben Jenkins on March 27.

White Pine County District Judge Steve Dobrescu ordered in court on Oct. 6 that Dabritz be held at the Northern Nevada Correctional Center for “safekeeping” as he awaits trial in the murder case.

Dabritz faces capital punishment if convicted.

His attorneys plan to use the insanity defense at trial. Dr. Steven Zuchowski testified that Dabritz had been diagnosed with Type 1 bipolar disorder, which he said is a more serious form.

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