Jaren Kuester, 31, was scheduled to be mentally re-examined last week after he recently wouldn't answer questions about whether he understood court proceedings. The Waukesha resident is accused of bludgeoning three people to death in Lafayette County in April.
Before the hearing, prosecutors and the defense attorneys reached an agreement that could have led to Kuester being committed to a mental institution for the rest of his life, but Kuester negated the deal when he remained silent as a judge questioned him.
Kuester had been found competent to stand trial during a July 1 hearing. Another competency hearing is now set for Oct. 15.
If Kuester is found incompetent to stand trial, the judge will suspend the case and order that Kuester be taken to a mental health facility, where he would stay until he's found competent to stand trial. If he's found competent, both sides can go ahead with the agreement or the judge can order a new trial date.
Kuester's parents said that they asked Waukesha County mental health officials to detain their son in the days leading up to the murders because he was delusional and they worried he might harm someone. Those officials declined, saying Kuester didn't meet the criteria to be detained.
— Associated Press
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