Suspect in Missouri State teacher’s death to get mental exam

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) – A man suspected of killing a Missouri State University president will get a private mental examination that his attorneys won’t have to share with prosecutors.

KYTV reports a Greene County judge approved the request from attorneys for Edward Gutting, a suspended Missouri State instructor who is accused of fatally stabbing professor emeritus Marc Cooper.

Prosecutors say Gutting rushed into Cooper’s home and repeatedly stabbed him Aug. 17. He’s also charged with stabbing Cooper’s wife, Nancy, who escaped and called police.

Investigators have not disclosed a possible motive for the attack.

Gutting is being held in the Greene County jail on $1 million bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 16.

He’s charged with second-degree murder, first-degree assault, first-degree burglary, and two counts of armed criminal action.
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Information from: KYTV-TV