The Ottumwa Courier

Southeast Iowa

May 16, 2012

Arterburn found competent to stand trial

OSKALOOSA — Bradley Arterburn has been found to be mentally competent  to stand trial on a charge of first degree murder.

Arterburn, 25, Oskaloosa, is accused of killing Robert Henry Horovitz, 58, of Davenport on June 19, 2011. Oskaloosa police officers were dispatched to 1106 N. Fourth St. on June 19, 2011 in reference to a stabbing. The police investigation determined that Arterburn had stabbed, slashed and cut Horovitz, and the resultant injuries caused him to bleed to death.

Oskaloosa Police Chief John “Jake” McGee said Arterburn had used a “medieval-style dual-edge battle ax” in the attack on Horovitz.

Arterburn has pleaded not guilty.

Court records show the defense did not object to the reinstatement of trial proceedings based on the report of a clinical psychologist. The report concluded Arterburn has the capacity to appreciate the pending charge, understand the proceedings and to assist effectively with his defense.

Arterburn and his defense counsel will appear for a pretrial conference at 9:30 a.m. July 23. The trial is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Aug. 7 in Mahaska County District Court, according to court documents.

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