Dutch suspect in killing of Minnesota student to undergo psych evaluation

Sarah Papenheim, 21, was found brutally stabbed to death in December.
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The man suspected in the slaying of a Minnesota woman studying in the Netherlands has appeared in court to answer murder charges.

Sarah Papenheim, 21, of Andover, was found stabbed to death in her housing unit in Rotterdam in December.

The man accused of killing her, 23-year-old Joel Schelling, was living in the same housing unit, which is for students studying at Erasmus University, where Papenheim was studying psychology.

Dutch media outlet RTL Nieuws reports that during his court appearance on Friday, Schelling said he cannot remember anything about the night of Papenheim's killing.

Schelling – who was apprehended at a train station in Eindhoven, about 70 miles away from Rotterdam – has been ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation over the next couple of months.

The Nieuws reports that Papenheim's mother, Donee Odegard, made the trip to the Netherlands to attend the hearing, telling the outlet: "I wanted to be there for my daughter.

"But it was harder than I expected. I wanted to behave respectfully, but I really had to bite my tongue so that I wouldn't shout bad things."

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It had previously been reported that Schelling is believed to have been experiencing some mental health problems, with Papenheim having spoken with him about the struggles he was experiencing.

But his behavior escalated to the point that six days before her death, Papenheim texted a friend in Minnesota saying: "My roommate told me he's gonna kill 3 people. So I'm gonna have to go to the police."

Papenheim was known in the Twin Cities as a talented blues drummer, with FOX 9 reporting a tribute concert was held in Northeast Minneapolis following her death.

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