Court declares murder suspect competent to stand trial

Rochelle Inselman
Rochelle Inselman

Rochelle Inselman, indicted for first-degree murder charges in the death of her ex-boyfriend from Brooklyn Center, is competent to proceed with a trial, according to Hennepin County District Court Judge Marilyn Kaman.

Kaman announced the results of an order for competency to proceed and an order for a mental illness evaluation of Inselman at a pre-trial hearing in the case on Nov. 19.

Inselman, 39, is charged with first-degree murder for allegedly shooting Bret Struck in his Brooklyn Center home on Feb. 12.

Struck, who was 41, and Inselman ended their relationship in 2004. They did live together, but reportedly did not have any direct contact since they broke up eight years ago.

The investigation of Struck’s murder lasted several months until Inselman was arrested in April.

Inselman, who remains in custody at Hennepin County Jail with bail set at $1.5 million, was present at the court hearing.

Her attorney, Andrew Pearson, said the defense is not contesting the results of the two court evaluations.

The prosecutor in the case, senior Hennepin County Attorney Therese Galatowitsch, submitted three motions against Inselman on Nov. 16, days before the hearing.

Pearson will review the motions and they will be argued at the next hearing in the case, which is scheduled for 8:45 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 7.