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UPDATE: Triple murder suspect competent to stand trial


LAFAYETTE COUNTY (WKOW) -- A judge determined the man accused in a triple murder is competent to stand trial.

Dane County Circuit Court Judge William Foust reviewed the competency report on Jaren Kuester and made his ruling Monday.  

After the ruling, court records show Kuester changed his plea from not guilty to not guilty due to insanity. The plea will deal with Kuester's state of mind at the time of the killings.

Kuester is accused of killing Gary, Dean and Chloe Thoreson.

His trial is scheduled to begin in October.


LAFAYETTE COUNTY (WKOW) – The Waukesha man accused of slaying three people in Lafayette County could learn if he is competent to stand trial on Monday.

Kuester has been ordered to undergo a mental evaluation and will have a competency hearing Monday afternoon.

Kuester's attorney, Public Defender Guy Taylor, says an insanity plea cannot be ruled out.

A judge entered a not guilty plea for Jaren Kuester in June.

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