Murder suspect to face trial in November

MADISON -- A murder suspect appeared virtually in court, Friday.

Rodolfo Castaneda-Morejon appeared through Zoom at Madison County District Court. He's charged with first-degree murder for the 2017 stabbing death of Yosvanis Velazquez-Gomez. The bench trial will be November 1 and 2. 

Castaneda-Morejon pled not guilty to the charges and has been found incompetent to stand trial. The process has been playing out for the last four years. During that time he's stayed at the Lincoln Regional Center awaiting trial. 

District Attorney Joseph Smith thinks the ruling will take a maximum of two days. "The evaluation came back with insanity so the trial will be abbreviated," he said. 

If convicted, Castaneda-Morejon faces either life in prison or the death penalty. 

Castaneda-Morejon will also undergo an interview with a new interpreter in October.

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