Wakefield Man Convicted in Dismemberment Killing

DAKOTA CITY, Neb. — A Wakefield man has been convicted of killing and dismembering another man.  The case was repeatedly delayed over questions about his mental competence.

Andres Surber, 29, of Wakefield, was found guilty last Thursday of first-degree murder and two weapons counts in the Nov. 1, 2016, death of 42-year-old Kraig Kubik, the Lincoln Journal Star reports.

Authorities say Surber and Brayan Galvan-Hernandez killed Kubik at Kubik’s home in Emerson. Officials believe the pair shot Kubik to death when he refused their demands that he give them a car that once belonged to Surber.

Kublk’s dismembered body was found in a culvert four days after he was reported missing, and other body parts of Kubik’s were found in the trunk of a car.

Galvan-Hernandez was convicted and sentenced to 50 to 60 years in prison in 2017. But Surber was found repeatedly to be mentally incompetent before a judge eventually found him stable enough to stand trial.

Surber has been diagnosed with schizophrenic effectiveness disorder with bipolar symptoms and continually talks out loud to himself during court hearings. Prosecutors say it’s just an act he puts on.

Surber will be sentenced at a later date.