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Grand Forks Herald
Suspect in Minnesota crossbow killing to undergo evaluation
Grand Forks North Dakota 375 2nd Ave. N. 58203

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. -- A man accused of killing a woman with a crossbow in his Detroit Lakes apartment last April will undergo a court-ordered evaluation by a licensed psychologist.

According to Becker County Attorney Gretchen Thilmony, attorneys for David Lee Stensrud, 57, have filed a notice of mental illness defense and a motion for an examination by a qualified psychologist.

Becker County District Court Judge Joseph Evans granted the motion Monday. According to court documents, once the exam is complete, a report will be filed with the court that includes a diagnosis of his mental condition at the time of the alleged offense.

Stensrud was charged in the death of Geraldine Kading, 69, of rural Dent. According to the criminal complaint, officers were called to Stensrud’s apartment April 10 for a welfare check after receiving a report of a potential murder-suicide.

Kading was found unresponsive with an arrow protruding from her chest. Officers also found Stensrud lying on a bedroom floor with an arrow protruding from his chest. A crossbow was lying on the bed next to him.

Stensrud’s bail was set at $1 million after his appearance on charges of first- and second-degree murder last May. He remains in the Becker County Jail.

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