Judge schedules trial for Burklund

A judge Tuesday tentatively set Kent Burklund’s second-degree murder case for the Nov. 2 trial term.

Burklund is accused of killing his wife, Bettina Burklund, at their Lincoln home last year.

At an arraignment this summer, Burklund, 42, stood mute, and the judge entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.

His attorney later filed notice of the intent to raise an insanity defense in the case. Bettina Burklund was found dead with her head severed on April 21, 2014, when police went to check on her after she didn’t show up for work.

Police say Kent Burklund’s family had been increasingly concerned about signs he was showing of extreme paranoia, but he resisted attempts to get him to seek treatment. In court records, police say he told investigators he was afraid of his wife and believed gang members had put date-rape drugs into his drinks and poisoned him with meth.

Burklund could get 20 years to life if convicted.

Source: http://journalstar.com/news/local/911/judge-sets-trial-date-for-burklund/article_5e59e8e0-96ae-5594-81f8-ba00838deca2.html

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