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Man ruled mentally competent in Fossil Creek murder case

Francis Klettke

Francis Klettke

CAMP VERDE – Francis Klettke has been ruled mentally competent to stand trial for the October 2016 murder of his father, Dale Klettke.

Klettke, 22, is charged with first-degree murder and abandonment of a dead body. Klettke’s father was found when Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a deceased person on Fossil Creek Road, southeast of Camp Verde.

In court on Monday, co-council attorneys Renee Mendelsohn and John Hollis requested a 45-day continuance, citing the time it would take to meet with Klettke and gather information.

Prosecutor Michael Morrison told the court the State intends to get a plea offer on the table.

A pretrial conference/possible change of plea was scheduled for April 9.

This story has been updated with a correction to John Hollis' name.

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