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Published December 02, 2013, 10:06 PM

Stevens back in court; judge denies guilty plea

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A Fargo double homicide case took a surprising turn Monday afternoon.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A Fargo double homicide case took a surprising turn Monday afternoon.

Against his attorney advice, the accused murderer David Stevens pleaded guilty to stabbing and killing two people just days ago.

Prosecutors say it's unusual for a suspect to plead guilty this early in a case.

At times, Stevens described how he brutally stabbed and killed his ex-girlfriend, and Ward Berg; and admitted it all in court Monday.

David Stevens- Accused of Murder: "I'm guilty of murder. I'm here to tell you what happened."

According to Stevens, it all happened in a flash.

Stevens: "I opened the door and I said I must be a punk and a **expletive** huh?"

In under two minutes, the 35-year-old and his wife, April, pulled up to his ex-girlfriend’s place.

Stevens says he planned on slashing her van tires when he noticed Berg's vehicle was there, too.

Then, he snapped.

Stevens: "Even when she fell, I never looked at her. I thought I just hit her in the head and she fell down."

David Stevens explains to the court, he wasn't aware he was holding knives, as if they were attached to his hands.

Stevens: "I think I had a psychotic break down; yes, I do. But do I think that I'm psychotic? No, I don't."

For over an hour, Stevens testified against himself; pleading guilty... A judgment call his attorney was against.

"Can you tell me why you want to move forward so fast?"

And prosecutors say it's highly unusual this early in a case.

"You're pleading guilty, I guess, because you'd agree you stabbed Samantha Donna Wickenheiser and Ward Allen Berg."

Stevens: "This ain't the first time I've killed somebody, and it ain't gonna be the last. You're sending me to a place with a bunch of **explative** pedophiles and everyone I get ahold of is dead. Is that normal for you?"

Stevens testified he's had ongoing mental health issues, claiming he's bi-polar and suffers from a multiple personality disorder.

Stevens: "If at any point David would have snapped into it, David would have stopped because David wouldn't have hurt Samantha."

It's statements like that which created cause for concern.

Birch Burdick- Cass County State’s Attorney: "I think the judge wants to get a sense of what he's dealing with; with the defendant before he decides what to do about the statements the defendant makes."

So despite Steven's guilty plea, soon, he'll undergo a complete psych evaluation to prove the accused murderer was aware of what he was doing at the time of the crime, and that he's capable of assisting in his own defense.

Stevens: "I’m haunted by what I've done. I've killed the girl I love."

Because the judge is questioning Stevens' sanity, it's basically putting this case on hold.

Nothing will be decided in this investigation until the psych exam is complete.