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Man accused in table leg beating competent

Published On: Aug 16 2013 06:23:47 AM CDT
Updated On: Aug 16 2013 06:39:44 AM CDT

Dane County Sheriff's Dept.

Justin Brooks, 32

MADISON, Wis. -

A defendant accused of fatally beating a homeless man with a table leg in Madison has been found competent to stand trial.

Thirty-two-year-old Justin Brooks is charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the June 19th death of 61-year-old Robert Kuntz.

Dane County Circuit Court Commissioner Todd Muerer found Brooks competent Thursday following a psychiatric exam.

The State Journal reported Assistant State Public Defender Jon Helland told the judge that medication Brooks has been receiving in jail for his mental illness has made a significant difference in his ability to understand the case against him.

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