Murder Trial for Nicholas Godejohn Delayed

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A Greene County Judge Thursday granted a request from prosecutors for a second mental evaluation for a man accused of killing Clauddine “Dee Dee” Blanchard.

Nicholas Godejohn had been scheduled for a bench trial on Febuary 6, 2017.  Instead, another pre-trial hearing in the case is now set for that date.

Godejohn is charged with first degree murder and armed criminal action, for the stabbing death of Blanchard in June, 2015. 
In July, Blanchard’s daughter, Gypsy, pleaded guilty to 2nd degree murder for her role in her mother’s death.  She was sentenced  to 10 years, which is the minimum sentence for 2nd degree murder under Missouri law.

As a class A felony, it carries a 10-30 year sentence.  Gypsy Blanchard will have to serve at least 85% of her sentence before she is eligible for parole.

During the murder investigation, detectives uncovered Dee Dee had been able to convince people for years her daughter suffered from several conditions that made her wheel-chair bound.    

These revelations had a significant impact on the plea agreement worked out between the prosecutor and Blanchard’s defense team.

Godejohn met Gypsy over the internet, detectives say, and Godejohn traveled to Missouri to carry out the murder.

Godejohn’s defense team plan to call a psychologist, to tesify about Godejohn’s autism spectrum disorder.  The state disputes his mental disease interfered with his ability to deliberate about commiting murder.

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