NOW:53217:USA01012
http://widgets.journalinteractive.com/cache/JIResponseCacher.ashx?duration=5&url=http%3A%2F%2Fdata.wp.myweather.net%2FeWxII%2F%3Fdata%3D*USA01012
70°
H 81° L 61°
Cloudy | 6MPH

Insanity plea entered for teen charged in ax killing

He's charged in grandfather's death

Sept. 19, 2011

Waukesha - A plea of not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect was entered Monday on behalf of the Fox Point teenager accused of killing his grandfather in May with an ax.

Richard B. Wilson, 17, of Fox Point is charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the May 8 slaying of Ronald Siepmann, 78.

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

Wilson, in Waukesha County Circuit Court for a hearing Monday, waived his right to a preliminary hearing and his attorney, Michael Steinle, entered the not guilty plea for him.

Waukesha County Circuit Judge William Domina ordered a competency examination of Wilson in connection with the criminal insanity defense, and that report is expected to be reviewed at Wilson's next court appearance Nov. 17.

Wilson faces life in prison if convicted in the killing. However, if Wilson's attorney can prove that Wilson had a mental disease or defect at the time of the slaying, he would receive treatment in a secure state mental health institution rather than being sent to prison.

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.

In June, Wilson was declared incompetent to face the charge that he killed Siepmann and was ordered committed to the Mendota Mental Health Institute in Madison for treatment. 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.

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

As a result, Domina on Aug. 31 determined Wilson was competent to stand trial and restarted the criminal proceedings against Wilson.

Suburban News Roundup

E-mail Newsletter

Your link to the biggest stories in the suburbs delivered Thursday mornings.


Enter your e-mail address above and click "Sign Up Now!" to begin receiving your e-mail newsletter
Get the Newsletter!

Login or Register to manage all your newsletter preferences.

Community Watch

» Glendale cop shot, injured after chasing alleged Porsche thief 05:28 PM

» Armed robbery avoided with a push at Brown Deer Walmart 12:58 PM

» Police chase, gunfire began with Porsche stolen at gunpoint Updated:  8/1

» Tochi in Shorewood is closing 7/31

» Lipscomb selected to replace Dimitrijevic as board chair 7/30

» Football coach Drake Zortman leaves Shorewood/Messmer for Homestead Updated:  7/29

» Senior-heavy Nicolet baseball team showed improvement this season 7/29

» Shorewood baseball team struggles with youth 7/29

» Whitefish Bay memorializes woman killed in crosswalk Updated:  7/29

» Brown Deer baseball team hung together despite tough season 7/29

» Shorewood debates trick-or-treat times Updated:  7/29

» Glendale evaluates city hall improvements 7/28

» 'Milwaukee lion' spotted in Glendale Updated:  7/28

» North Shore communities react to state ban on municipal home inspections at time of sale 7/27

» Brown Deer closes on sale of former American TV and Appliance building 7/27

» Woman robbed at gunpoint at Brown Deer bank 7/27

» Bizarre play leads to Homestead "9" sectional loss to Falls 7/22

» North Shore area baseball teams drop tough regional contests 7/22

» Whitefish Bay baseball team comes up just short of Falls in regional thriller 7/22

» Brown Deer municipal buildings need improvements 7/22

» The Suburban 16 Power Rankings: Watt, Niebrugge, and others on the next level 7/22

» Mequon seeks to develop 13 acres in town center district 7/22

» Niebrugge makes Homestead High proud again with finish at British Open 7/22

» Thiensville apartment developer agrees to consider smaller condominium development 7/22

» Whitefish Bay man allegedly charged officer with knives, screamed 'kill me' in officer-involved shooting 7/21

View All Posts Got a tip? Welcome rss

Advertisement

Advertisement

Local Business Directory

CONNECT    

Advertisement