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`CAPTAIN NEMO’ PLEADS NOT GUILTY BY REASON OF INSANITY IN SLAYING

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Eugene Woodland, who is also known as Captain Nemo, has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity and diminished mental capacity to second-degree murder and aggravated assault in connection with the March shooting death of a Sandy contractor.

Third District Court Judge Leonard H. Russon scheduled a trial for Woodland, 61, at 10 a.m. Sept. 4.Woodland, known as Captain Nemo because he sometimes dressed and acted like the character in the Jules Verne novel, "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea," is charged with killing contractor Bruce Larson, 40, at a construction site at 4050 S. 900 East, and shooting Glen Fisk, 27, in the hand during the incident.

Defense attorney Phil L. Hansen told Russon four psychiatrists have examined Woodland. "I disagree with their findings," Hansen said.

"One psychiatrist said Woodland is insane and then, in another examination, said he is sane. The other three psychiatrists said Woodland is sane and is able to help in his defense, but I don't agree."

Hansen said he has had difficulty talking to Woodland and building a defense because, "Woodland keeps telling me different things and keeps changing his story every time I talk to him. I'm not getting anywhere. He is very complex and erratic."

The April shooting occurred in a building Woodland had once planned to turn into Capt. Nemo's Dinner Theater Atlantis & Fitness Center. The building was the object of a long financial dispute between Woodland and Larson, authorities say.

Larson was talking to people interested in taking over operations of the building when the shooting took place. Witnesses said Woodland entered the building, walked up to Larson and demanded to know what he was doing with the building.

Larson was shot five times with a .38-caliber revolver and died later at a hospital.

Fisk was shot while he was helping another worker at the building site subdue Larson's assailant, police said.