Trial for Norfolk man delayed after state asked for him to take medication

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A hearing in late January has been scheduled to decide if a Norfork man is competent to stand trial on first-degree murder charges.

Rodolfo Castaneda-Morejon is facing first-degree murder charges relating to the stabbing death of Yosvanis Velazquez Gomez in 2017.

Castaneda-Morejon had previously been ruled incompetent to stand trial in May of last year. Since then, he has been staying at the Lincoln Regional Center. 

The state asked that Castaneda-Morejon take medication to help him be competent during the trial.

The defense objected and asked for a postponed hearing.

Friday, KCAU had a crew in the courtroom when the judge decided to hold a hearing on January 22. 

Castaneda-Morejon allegedly knifed Velazquez Gomez over suspicions he was having an affair with his girlfriend.

The killing happened at a Norfolk apartment complex.

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