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Teen ruled competent for trial in grandfather's killing

Treatment must continue, Waukesha County judge says

Aug. 31, 2011

Waukesha - The teenager accused of killing his grandfather in May is competent for the criminal case to proceed against him, a judge determined Wednesday.

Richard B. Wilson, 17, of Fox Point in June was declared incompetent to face the charge that he killed Ronald Siepmann, 78, and was ordered committed to the Mendota Mental Health Institute in Madison for treatment.

A recent evaluation of Wilson concluded that he now has the substantial mental capacity to understand the proceedings against him and assist with his defense.

Wilson's attorney, Michael Steinle, did not challenge that conclusion and Waukesha County Circuit Judge William J. Domina restarted the criminal proceedings against Wilson.

Domina set the next court hearing for Sept. 19.

Wilson is charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the May 8 slaying of Siepmann.

Siepmann, a real estate developer, was found dead in a shed on the property of his Beaver Lake home in the Town of Merton. A bloody ax was nearby.

A report from a court-appointed psychologist who examined Wilson after the killing stated that Wilson has an active psychotic condition but that he was likely to regain competency with treatment.

Wilson's mother told authorities investigating the homicide that Wilson was diagnosed in November with schizophrenia and had stopped taking his medication, according to the criminal complaint filed in the case.

On June 2, when Domina committed Wilson for treatment, the judge also ordered that Wilson be forced to take psychotropic drugs if he refused to voluntarily take them. Domina on Wednesday ordered that medication continue to be provided to Wilson and left in place the order that the drugs be administered involuntarily if Wilson objects to taking them.

Steinle told Domina that Wilson had taken medication voluntarily during treatment and did not think the order was necessary.

But Domina noted that Wilson had a history of not taking his medication and the "administration of medication, whether it be voluntary or involuntary, at least had led him back to the point of competency" to allow the criminal proceedings to resume.

Domina, Steinle and District Attorney Brad Schimel did not discuss the details of the new competency report on Wilson or what his mental health issues are during the hearing. The report is confidential and sealed from the public.

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