Fairbank Man Found Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity in Son’s Murder

WAVERLY, Iowa (AP) — A judge has ruled that a 60-year-old Iowa man accused of murdering his son was not guilty by reason of insanity.

Daniel Gail Niebuhr, of Fairbank, was charged with first-degree murder after he shot his son, Brock Niebuhr, in March 2019. Authorities said the younger Niebuhr was shot as he sat on the couch watching television.

Court documents indicated Niebuhr was diagnosed with a psychotic disorder in February 2019.  

Judge DeDra Schroeder found him not guilty by reason of insanity on Monday. She ordered that he be evaluated at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center in Oakdale.

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