Larned Patient Pleads Not Guiltty to Murder

LARNED, Kan. (AP) _ A former patient at the Larned State Hospital pleads innocent to intentionally killing another patient in 2007.

Twenty-six-year-old Daniel T. Cook entered the plea to one count of second-degree murder during a preliminary hearing Tuesday.

Magistrate Judge Danny Smith ruled there was enough evidence to put Cook on trial in the March 13, 2007, death of Duane A. Mondaine, 46. The two were at the hospital under observation.

Pawnee County Attorney John Settle played a video that showed Cook striking Mondaine. Mondaine fell to the floor and lost consciousness for several minutes. After being taken to a Larned hospital, Mondaine was returned to the state hospital. But his condition deteriorated and he later died while recovering from brain surgery.

A jury trial has been scheduled for June 2.

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