Keenan M. Lambert
The state will evaluate the mental capacity of accused teenage stabber Keenan Lambert, 19, of Amherst, here in Lincoln County, attorneys from both sides agreed Monday. Lambert is the oldest of two boys accused of stabbing two female workers in July at the Nebraska Youth Center, a home for boys in North Platte.
Lambert is charged with attempted homicide, escape, theft and use of a weapon to commit a felony.
He appeared Monday in court with defense attorney P. Stephen Potter.
Potter asked for a psychological evaluation for Lambert, but Potter objected to sending Lambert to the Lincoln Regional Center for evaluation, which is the custom.
Potter told Lincoln County District Judge Donald Rowlands that, in his experience with another client, the evaluation at the regional center was disappointing. He said the center did not completely fulfill the request and charged a hefty $500 a day for the time his client was in Lincoln for evaluation.
Lincoln County Attorney Rebecca Harling agreed that the results, and the financial costs, from the center have been disappointing. She agreed that Lambert could be evaluated locally.
Rowlands said that Lambert could be sent to Dr. Lloyd Kimzie, Ph.D., in North Platte for the evaluation.
Lambert is tentatively set to return to district court on Dec. 2.
Lambert and Jordan Baker, 16, of Hastings, allegedly stabbed the women at the youth center that night and stole one of the women’s cars to escape. They were caught later that night on I-80 near Lexington.
Baker’s case was also continued Monday to allow defense attorney Pat Hays to obtain depositions and arrange for an evaluation by Kimzie.
Police believe the knife that Lambert allegedly used came from the center's kitchen.
Baker told police that he threw the other knife, a smaller one, out of the car on Rodeo Road, but it could not be found, an investigator said in August in county court.