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A competency hearing for Erik J. Buggeland, who is accused of stabbing and bludgeoning his parents to death in their home last September, has been postponed for a second time.
Hardin District Judge John Simcoe has twice had to postpone a competency hearing — the latest scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday — to determine if Buggeland is fit to stand trial for the murder of his parents, retired doctors Terje and Margaret Buggeland.
An official with the Hardin County Attorney’s Office said Friday that Buggeland “was not able to be transported” to the Hardin County Detention Center for Friday's hearing.
Buggeland is in custody at the Kentucky State Reformatory where mental health correctional facilities are available.
Simcoe rescheduled the competency hearing for March 11, adding “he (Buggeland) needs to be here on the 11th.”
After the killings, Buggeland disappeared from his parents' Shepherdsville Road home where he lived with them. He was discovered eight days later driving his mother’s Honda Accord in Adamsville, Tenn., where he was arrested.
Orders from both Tennessee and Kentucky’s governors were required to extradite Buggeland to Kentucky because he refused to waive any of his rights leading to a three-week delay in his return. He also previously refused to accept a court-appointed attorney.
Kentucky State Police spokesman Trooper Bruce Reeves has described Buggeland as both highly educated and a diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic.
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