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Auburn man accused of stabbing person to death at their home earlier this month will undergo psych evaluation

An Auburn man charged with murder earlier this month is receiving a psychological evaluation after his preliminary court hearing was adjourned this week.

It happened on Tuesday, when Daniel Nachtsheim appeared in front of Judge Kristin Garland, in Auburn City Court. The 58-year-old faces a second-degree murder charge after police say he stabbed a man to death earlier this month.

Nachtsheim is represented by Rome Canzano, who requested a psychological evaluation to determine that he understands the proceedings.

“We want to make sure the defendant is aware of what is happening before we proceeding with any sort of hearing,” Acting Cayuga County District Attorney Brittany Grome Antonacci said in court.

The hearing was adjourned and Nachtsheim was remanded to the Cayuga County Jail. The preliminary hearing has been moved to Wednesday, September 21 at 1 p.m.

Police said Michael Dennison, 57, was found dead on August 7 shortly after 10 a.m. He had suffered several stab wounds at his Grant Avenue home. The two knew each other, and when questioned by police, Nachtsheim confessed to the killing.