Judge: Omaha man not competent to stand trial

By: AP
By: AP

Omaha, NE (AP) - A judge has ruled that an Omaha man is not competent to stand trial in connection to the death of his teenage girlfriend.

Douglas County District Judge Joseph Troia ordered 19-year-old Mikael Loyd on Thursday to be treated at Lincoln Regional Center until he's deemed competent to face a first-degree murder charge.

Loyd has pleaded not guilty in the case. A message left with his attorney was not immediately returned Thursday.

Prosecutors say Loyd strangled 19-year-old Melissa Rodriguez on the night of Aug. 14 following an argument. He had been released that day from emergency protective custody at a mental health treatment center.

Rodriguez's body was found the next morning in an open grave intended for another homicide victim in an unrelated case.

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