SCHUYLER — A 26-year-old Schuyler man accused of stabbing his neighbor multiple times with a screwdriver is competent to stand trial on felony charges.

That was the ruling Wednesday in Colfax County District Court after the defense made an attempt to have Yoandri Fleitas-Llorente labeled legally insane. Now the defense is asking mental health professionals to determine whether the defendant was temporarily insane when the crime was committed.

Fleitas-Llorente was charged with attempted second-degree murder and use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony after he was arrested May 1 following the screwdriver attack at an apartment building at 923 B St. in Schuyler.

According to court documents, 58-year-old Miguel Nino Hernandez suffered puncture wounds to the head, chest, shoulder, back and hands during the incident, which occurred around 12:45 p.m.

After driving himself to the police station, Nino Hernandez was transported by ambulance to CHI Health Schuyler then flown by medical helicopter to a trauma center in Omaha.

Nino Hernandez, who was “bleeding profusely” from the left side of his head, told officers he was attacked by another man living in the same apartment building, court documents state.

Officers found drops of blood leading from Nino Hernandez’s apartment and a screwdriver with a large amount of blood on it near the building’s entrance, according to the arrest affidavit.

A blood-covered Fleitas-Llorente, described to law enforcement by witnesses who saw him walking away from the apartment building, was located a few blocks away wearing boots that appeared to match footprints found at the scene, the affidavit states.

Fleitas-Llorente is being held in the Lincoln Regional Center, where physicians will continue to evaluate him before another ruling is made on the insanity defense.

His next hearing is scheduled for Jan. 10 in Colfax County District Court.

If he’s convicted of both charges, Fleitas-Llorente could spend decades in prison.



Tyler Ellyson is editor of The Columbus Telegram.

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