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Judge orders Yankton murder suspect committed

YANKTON (AP) — A man accused of killing a Yankton resident last year will be committed to the South Dakota Human Services Center until he is deemed mentally competent to face charges, a judge has ruled.

Darwin Abel Jans, of Yankton, has been charged with second-degree murder and aggravated assault in the death of 59-year-old Larry D. Goodman.

Authorities say Jans assaulted Goodman in September 2012 and Goodwin died weeks later in a hospital, the Yankton Press and Dakotan reported.

Circuit Judge Glen Eng said Friday a psychiatric evaluation found with reasonable certainty that Jans had paranoid psychosis at the time of the alleged crime, which made him incapable of knowing he had committed a wrongful act.

It was the third evaluation ordered by the court.

The first evaluation requested by prosecutors found that Jans was competent to stand trial and was not insane at the time the alleged crime was committed.

A second evaluation requested by Luci Youngberg, Jans’ court-appointed attorney, found that Jans was not competent to stand trial and was insane at the time the alleged crime was committed.

Deputy State’s Attorney Erich Johnke was granted a request for a third evaluation in September.

The two most recent evaluations also found that Jans is currently unable to assist his attorney with the case.

Youngberg said she spoke with Jans on Friday and he told her that he had no objection to the court ordering him to the center.

An April 14 hearing is scheduled to re-examine his status.