The fate of a Sioux City man charged with first degree murder is now in the hands of a judge.
Testimony in the bench trial of Isack Abdinur concluded Monday in Woodbury County District Court.
Abdinur is charged in the fatal stabbing of Cornelia Stead in June of 2015 at her Sioux City apartment.
The defense called one witness, Dr. Richard Frederick, who was the clinical psychologist who conducted a mental competancy evaluation of Abdinur.
Dr. Frederick says he determined that Abdinur was dangerous and suffering from schizophrenia:
OC……..denies that he’s psychotic. ;18
Dr. Frederick testified that he thought Abdinur did not understand what he was doing when he killed Stead:
OC…rational capacity. ;22
Prosecutor James Loomis countered during cross examination that Abdinur was aware of his actions during the murder.
He stated that Abdinur struck Stead 50 times in the face, left the room, went to the kitchen to obtain a knife, returned and stabbed the woman 23 times.
The prosecution called psychologist Dr. Tim Kockler to the stand to support their assertion that Abdinur did knowingly kill Stead.
The attorneys have until December 9th to submit written closing arguments in the case.
Judge Steven Andreasen will then have 60 days to determine his verdict in the trial.