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Judge suspends charges against Wis.man accused of leaving aunt to die

Published On: Oct 12 2012 03:47:35 PM CDT
MADISON, Wis. -

A judge says a former Madison man accused along with his mother of leaving his elderly aunt on the floor to die isn't competent to stand trial.

Dane County Circuit Judge Julie Genovese on Friday suspended the case against 46-year-old Steven King, citing psychologists' reports that he suffers from autism and can't assist his attorney.

She ordered the case held in abeyance until King becomes competent.

Prosecutors charged both King and his mother, Veronica King, a little more than a year ago with first-degree reckless homicide.

Investigators accused them of leaving Mary Coleman, Steven King's 70-year-aunt and Veronica's sister, to die after she fell in their house in early 2009 and collecting her life insurance benefits.

Genovese has scheduled a competency hearing for Veronica King next month.

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