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Man who requested "Trial by Combat" passes psych eval.

Posted at 5:43 PM, May 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-11 19:58:42-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) -- — The Kansas man who made headlines for requesting a “trial by combat” was told he’s not insane.

David Ostrom passed a psychological evaluation done by a Kansas psychologist.

He was ordered by Iowa Court Judge Craig Dreismeier to undergo the test before the custody hearings between Ostrom and his ex-wife could proceed.

The evaluation said he isn’t a danger to himself or others, and isn’t an angry person except for during the custody issue surrounding his two children. It suggests that Ostrom complete some therapy sessions.

Ostrom says he’s not crazy and made the motion because he felt he wasn’t being fairly treated in the custody case.

“I came into the court system saying modern psychology says access to both parents and children [is the] best outcome. Every psychologist says this, every study says this. The court system told me, ‘Look Mr. Ostrom we’re in the court of law. We have to follow the court of law, that’s not the law in Iowa, make a legal argument.’” Ostrom explained. “So after two years of best interest, best interest, and they kept telling me I had to follow the law. I finally said, 'Look, trial by combat appears to be the law under mutual combat laws. Why don’t we do that? Then suddenly the conversation flipped and we should do what’s reasonable and expected to be reasonable, and the court system is no longer now arguing the law. They’re arguing modern psychology which is what I entered the court system doing.”

Soon they’ll discuss a trial date whether that includes a “Trial by Combat” is still unclear.

Ostrom says he’s motioned for his ex-wife and her lawyer to get psychological evaluations as well.