A Waukesha County Circuit judge has ordered another competency examination for Justin Carl, a local man accused of fatally shooting a stranger in August 2015.
Judge Ralph Ramirez ordered the exam at a review hearing Friday, Jan. 13, online court records show. It will be the third competency exam performed on Carl since his trial was suspended last September after his mental fitness to proceed in the case was challenged.
Ramirez is scheduled to review the findings of the report on Feb. 9.
Carl, 36, remains in custody on a $500,000 cash bond. He stands accused of first-degree intentional homicide and two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon.
According to a criminal complaint, Carl fatally shot Kevin Hueman, an apparent stranger to Carl, around 8:17 p.m. Aug. 14, 2015, shortly after Hueman walked outside his North Street home to smoke and watch a thunderstorm. Hueman was 40.
Carl's trial was suspended in September after three days of testimony following several disruptive outbursts from him that led one of his attorney's, Maura McMahon, to raise the competency issue.
Carl repeatedly addressed the court directly and on separate occasions shouted an objection to testimony and asked a witness a question, despite receiving numerous warnings about his behavior.
Ramirez determined Carl was not competent to proceed on Sept. 20. A defendant is considered to be incompetent for trial if he or she cannot aid in their defense and/or understand the proceedings.
If convicted, Carl is facing a mandatory life sentence.
Carl's case is one of two pending homicide cases involving Waukesha defendants and victims. Philip Holland is the other defendant.