Man ruled incompetent for trial in 2 Holdrege slayings

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HOLDREGE, Neb. (AP) — A judge has ruled that a Holdrege man isn’t mentally competent to stand trial on two counts of first-degree murder and other crimes.

Court records say that Judge Terri Harder on Tuesday ordered 46-year-old Manuel Gomez to be treated at the state psychiatric hospital in Lincoln.

It was Gomez’s second mental evaluation. Prosecutors had sought the second evaluation, citing what they said were “ambiguities and inconsistencies” in Gomez’s first evaluation.

Authorities say Gomez shot and killed 65-year-old Raymond Burton and 54-year-old David Rogers in February. Their bodies were found in separate units at the Sunrise View Apartments in Holdrege. He’s also suspected of shooting and wounding his attorney at the time, 64-year-old Doyle Morse.

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