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Judge orders mental exam in neighbor shooting

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) – A Rock County judge has ordered a competency hearing for a man charged with fatally shooting his neighbor.

According to a criminal complaint, 75-year-old Daniel Bellard confessed to killing Christine Gestrich because he feared she would take some of his property. Bellard made an initial appearance in court Tuesday.

Sheriff deputies responded to a rural property in the town of Plymouth last February and found Gestrich dead in a barn and Bellard with a self-inflicted gunshot wound in another outbuilding.

The Janesville Gazette says Judge James Daley ordered the exam for Bellard after his attorney raised the issue of competency. A hearing is scheduled Aug. 8.

Information from: The Janesville Gazette, http://www.gazetteextra.com

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