DAKOTA CITY, Nebraska (KTIV) – A man charged in the 2016 death of an Emerson, Nebraska, man has been ruled competent to stand trial.
Andres Surber has pleaded Not Guilty to First-Degree murder in the November 2016 death of 41-year old Kraig Kubik.
In April of 2017, District Judge Paul Vaughan found Surber not mentally competent to stand trial.
In March of this year, Vaughan granted a prosecutors’ request to force Surber to take anti-psychotic medication at the Lincoln Regional Medical Center.
On Wednesday, Vaughn found Surber competent to proceed with the trial, following a report submitted by Dr. Karid Karimi, a forensic psychiatrist at the Lincoln Regional Center.
A hearing in the case is set for 9 a.m. on December 12 in Dakota County District Court.
Authorities say Surber and Brayan Galvan-Hernandez shot Kubik to death at his home near Emerson, Nebraska, then dismembered his body.
Parts of Kubik’s body were found in a car trunk and in a creek several miles away.
Galvan-Hernandez has been sentenced to 50 to 60 years in prison.