FARGO — A Fargo man accused of fatally stabbing a middle schooler in June will be evaluated to determine if he is fit to stand trial.
Cass County Judge John Irby signed an order this week for Arthur Prince Kollie, 22, to undergo a competency and criminal responsibility evaluation. The order and motion requesting the evaluation are sealed, so it’s unclear why defense attorney Steven Mottinger requested it. When Kollie will be taken to the North Dakota State Hospital in Jamestown, N.D., to be evaluated also remains unclear.
Kollie was arrested June 4, the same day 14-year-old Jupiter Paulsen was found with multiple stab wounds outside Party City at 4340 13th Ave. S. in Fargo. Police said she was skateboarding from her father’s house to her mother’s home around 7 a.m. when she was attacked. Police said two backpacks, a cellphone and wallet were taken from her.
Jupiter died several days later. Kollie was charged with felony counts of murder, robbery and aggravated assault.
Kollie has told police he suffers from mental health issues and used meth the day before the stabbing, according to a police report. He also said he doesn’t remember the assault and denied hurting Jupiter.
Kollie has a history of violence. In 2017, he pleaded guilty to charges of simple assault on a peace officer and disorderly conduct when he hit a corrections officer while staying at a juvenile detention center in Morton County.
He also faces a simple assault on a peace officer charge after a Cass County deputy alleged Kollie attacked the officer in mid-July. He was being held on a $1 million bond at the Cass County Jail when he started punching the deputy, according to court documents.
Kollie could be sent to prison for life without the possibility of parole if he is convicted of killing Jupiter. If he is found to be incompetent for trial, he would then be sent to a treatment facility.
His next court hearing is Sept. 2.