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Not guilty plea entered for Kuester after courtroom drama

Published On: Jun 03 2013 10:35:26 AM CDT   Updated On: Jun 03 2013 05:50:43 PM CDT
Jaren Kuester stands up to enter a plea in court

Jaren Kuester stands up to enter a plea in court

DARLINGTON, Wis. -

The man accused of killing three members of a family in Lafayette County asked for a guilty plea before conferring with his attorney and standing mute to charges in court Monday morning.

Jaren Kuester appeared in court on five felony charges, including first-degree intentional homicide. He's accused of killing Gary Thoreson, his wife, Chloe Thoreson and brother, Dean Thoreson in April at the couple's farmhouse in the small town of Wiota.

The not guilty plea entered on Kuester's behalf happened after Kuester stood up in court and told the judge he was pleading guilty. Kuester then spoke with his attorney and his statement was withdrawn.

Kuester's attorney, Guy Taylor, earlier said the 31-year-old defendant is competent for trial, but unable to distinguish reality from delusions about what happened the day the Thoresons were slain.

Prosecutors said Kuester drove from Waukesha to Green County April 26, abandoned his SUV, stripped off his clothes and ran through the woods. He emerged from the woods in Lafayette County where he broke into the Thoresons' home.

Defense attorneys are asking the court for a change of venue because of the attention the case has gotten in Lafayette County.

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