Second Mental Exam Order For Man Charged With Murder

Second Mental Exam Order For Man Charged With Murder Click to Enlarge Photo: Stearns County Jail

(KNSI) - Criminal proceedings against a man accused of strangling a woman to death have been suspended for a second time.

In October, 39-year-old Daniel Walter Kenning had a mental health evaluation. He was declared competent to stand trial in December.

A judge recently granted a request for a second evaluation at the state mental hospital in St. Peter.

Officials have 60 days to complete the exam.

If found incompetent to stand trial, he could be civilly committed.

Investigators say the St. Cloud man walked into the police department on September 29th, 2018 and told police he killed a woman.

Police say they went to his home on the 1100 block of 10th Avenue North and found the body of 45-year-old Jennifer Lee Moy from Blaine.

According to the criminal complaint, Kenning told police that God told him he needed to kill someone and he would be able to resurrect them from the dead.

Kenning has been charged with first- and second-degree murder.

His next court hearing is October 24th.

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