SIOUX CITY -- The trial for a Sioux City man charged with a fatal stabbing likely will be delayed until a judge can rule whether he's mentally competent to stand trial.
Public defender Jennifer Solberg on Wednesday filed a motion to suspend proceedings and determine the mental competency of Daniel Levering, who she said suffers from a mental disorder that prevents him from understanding court proceedings and assisting in his defense. Solberg also filed a confidential evaluation report regarding Levering's mental health.
A hearing to determine if Levering is mentally competent to stand trial has yet to be scheduled.
Levering, 30, is scheduled to stand trial Tuesday in Woodbury County District Court on one count of first-degree murder for the July 23 stabbing death of Vincent Walker in Sioux City. An April trial date was continued so the defense could review Levering's medical records. Solberg in May waived Levering's right to a speedy trial within one year of his Aug. 14 arraignment.
According to court documents, Walker, 36, of Winnebago, Nebraska, was washing his car in front of 506 22nd St. when he was confronted by three men. Police believe Levering stabbed Walker once in the chest and three times in the back. While Walker was being stabbed, a second person who is not identified in court documents hit him in the head with a baseball bat.
Walker was taken to Mercy Medical Center, where he later died.
Levering was arrested three days after the stabbing. Neither of the other two men has been arrested.
If found guilty as charged, Levering would face a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole.