Nicholas Godejohn Asks for Bench Trial

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– A man who is accused of stabbing a woman to death along with Gypsy Blancharde has requested a bench trial.

Nicholas Godejohn waived his right to a trial by jury and asked for a bench trial Tuesday afternoon in Greene County Court. He is charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action.

Godejohn and Gypsy Blancharde are accused of stabbing Gypsy’s mother, Dee Dee Blancharde, to death in her Springfield home in June 2015.

According to authorities, the Blanchard’s committed financial fraud for years, claiming Gypsy had severe medical conditions that required her to use a wheelchair.

There was also discussion Tuesday as to whether the defense can use a report submitted by a psychologist in late September as evidence.

Greene County Prosecutor Dan Patterson argues the report– which addresses Godejohn’s mental health condition– was submitted past the deadline and does not address evidence that would be admissible in front of a jury.

According to the defense, the report cites that Godejohn has had Aspergers, which is a form of Autism, and is mentally “more like a child than an adult”.

Patterson told KOLR10 News it’s not unusual for deadlines, like this one involving the report, to be ignored– but that it causes delays in cases and isn’t good for any parties involved.

“We will continue to prepare for trial,” said Patterson.  “In addition, the defense will disclose to us records of the psychologist and we will decide what next steps we need to take in terms of trial preparation.”

A judge will hear from the doctor who examined Godejohn at the next hearing on November 30.

Gypsy Blancharde accepted a plea deal and received 10 years.

Godejohn’s trial is scheduled for February.

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