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Sword slaying suspect declared incompetent

WATERTOWN, Wis. (AP) — A 29-year-old man accused of killing another man with a sword in Watertown has been declared incompetent to stand trial.

WISC-TV reports Young Choi, of Watertown, wanted to represent himself at trial Friday in Jefferson County.

Dr. Kent Berney, caretaker of Choi after the incident, testified he believed Choi was incompetent to proceed with the trial, which the state agreed to.

According to a criminal complaint, police say Choi stabbed his 27-year-old neighbor Dustin Vanderheyden in the abdomen and partially scalped him. Choi was arrested July 31.

The court suspended the proceedings and committed Choi for an indeterminate term not to exceed 12 months. It was determined that Choi could regain competency after treatment and medication.

Information from: WISC-TV, http://www.channel3000.com

One comment

  1. Bill VanderHeyden

    Dustin VanderHeyden was my 1st born son, and even though I couldn’t spend as much time with him through the years that I wanted to, I will always cherish the times that we had together…….He will forever be loved and missed.

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