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Man pleads not guilty to stabbings

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A man accused in a bizarre stabbing and public nudity incident pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity Friday morning.

David Campbell, 33, was charged with one count of aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony; four counts of second-degree felony attempted murder; and one count of criminal mischief, a third-degree felony.

Prosecutors allege Campbell and his brother were at the home of an acquaintance April 10 when Campbell removed his clothing and ran outside, jumping on the hood of a parked car, smashing its windshield.

When he attempted to re-enter the home and found the door locked, Campbell allegedly forced the door open, grabbed a knife and stabbed his brother. Prosecutors also allege Campbell stabbed a woman several times — on one occasion breaking the knife off near her spine — and threatened the woman's young daughter.

Psychiatrists in June evaluated Campbell to determine whether he was competent to stand trial. Friday, prosecutor Dane Nolan indicated one evaluation found Campbell suffered diminished mental capacity; the other suggested drugs may have influenced his state of mind.

Campbell's plea is one of temporary insanity; he maintained he is currently competent to proceed with a jury trial.

Third District Judge Timothy Hanson approved Nolan's request for a third evaluation, providing the necessary tests could be performed and documented prior to the scheduled trial.

Campbell is scheduled to stand trial beginning Oct. 31; the trial is expected to last three days.