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Another sanity hearing set for man accused of fatal attack at northeast Iowa care facility

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WEST UNION, Iowa — Another sanity hearing has been scheduled for a man accused of fatally beating another resident at a residential care facility in Fayette in 2012.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports (http://bit.ly/1yzE8up ) that the attorney for Matthew Braun says Braun is psychotic and unfit for trial. Authorities say Braun killed 57-year-old Kris Simpson in September 2012, when both were living at the Prairie View Residential Care Facility. Braun's pleaded not guilty to a murder charge.

Fayette County District Court delayed proceedings as Braun's first attorney disputed Braun's fitness for trial. A judge ruled in September 2013 that Braun was competent. Various trial dates have been delayed since, and Braun's current attorney, Matthew Hoffey, has obtained another mental examination that concludes Braun is mentally ill.

The sanity hearing is scheduled for April 13.


Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, http://www.wcfcourier.com

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