Former Missouri State Professor Found Mentally Unfit for Trial

A former Missouri State University professor accused of killing a retired colleague has been deemed mentally unfit for trial.

Court records show that Judge Thomas Mountjoy determined that Edward Gutting “lacks mental fitness” and will not be able to help in his defense against the accusations.

The ruling at a hearing Tuesday came after a report from the Missouri Department of Mental Health that received no objections from the prosecution.

Gutting, accused of stabbing Cooper to death in August 2016, will stay confined to DMH for six months and an update on Gutting’s condition needs to be provided by March 1, 2020.

A trial on the murder charge cannot happen until Gutting is deemed fit for trial.

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