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STATE NEWS ROUNDUP: Judge to decide if Kuester is mentally competent to stand trial

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A judge could decide today whether Jaren Kuester is mentally competent to stand trial for the killings of three elderly relatives in southwest Wisconsin. In July, a plea deal was reached that would have found the 31-year-old Waukesha man innocent-by-insanity in the deaths of Gary, Dean, and Chloe Thoreson at their family's farm-house in Lafayette County in April. The plea deal would have sent Kuester to a mental institution for life.


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Jason Schulte
Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts with his wife and two daughters. 
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