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Man charged with sexual assault, murder not competent for trial

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

Today was the competency hearing for the man who sexually assaulted and murdered a woman "because there was nothing better to do." 

Helmon Betwell, who is charged with the 2015 sexual assault and killing in Dubuque, was ruled not fit to stand trial. 

Betwell admitted to sexually assaulting and killing a random woman in 2015, and said that the victim was in the "wrong place at the wrong time." 

Police say a woman was found lying on the ground in the 100 block of West 17th St. with severe facial injuries. She was taken to Finley Hospital in Dubuque where she later died of her injuries. 

Documents indicate there were no weapons involved, and that she most likely was beaten to death. 

Betwell was arrested and charged with first-degree murder, first-degree sexual assault and two counts of third-degree burglary.

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