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Wis. homicide suspect ordered to mental hospital

RACINE, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin man accused of killing a woman and robbing her of quarters she planned to give to the needy has been ordered to a state mental hospital.

Sixty-six-year-old Wilbert Thomas of Racine will spend up to 12 months in the hospital, trying to regain competency to stand trial.

Thomas has pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect. He is accused of killing 67-year-old Sandra Teichow of Lake Geneva last October..

Teichow had been handing out quarters to people at a laundry before she was killed. Her body was found in some Racine woods.

Thomas will receive treatment to help him regain the ability to understand the court proceedings. The Journal Times reports that if Thomas is deemed competent, his trial will proceed.

Information from: The Journal Times, http://www.journaltimes.com

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