Regional center requesting forced medication for Norfolk murder suspect

MADISON – Seventeen months and still no resolution to a Norfolk murder case.

Fifty-year-old Rodolfo Castaneda-Morejon appeared in Madison County District Court on Friday.

At issue, a request by the Lincoln Regional Center to force Castaneda-Morejon to take medication that might help him be found competent for trial.

He was found not competent to face first-degree murder charges in May. Since then, he’s been held in Lincoln receiving treatment.

He was initially arrested in August of 2017 after Yosvanis Velazquez-Gomez was found stabbed to death outside a Norfolk apartment.

Castaneda-Morejon’s attorney, Todd Lancaster, objected to the request for forced medication on Friday and asked for a hearing on the matter.

That means the murder case is delayed again, this time for 18 days when District Court Mark Johnson will hear arguments for and against the regional center’s request.

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