DARLINGTON — A
Waukesha man pleaded guilty Wednesday in the beating deaths of
three retired farmers in southern Wisconsin.
31, entered his plea after a judge found him competent to stand
Kuester told Dane
County Circuit Court Judge William Foust that he understood he was
waiving his right to trial with the pleas to three counts of
first-degree intentional homicide.
the pleas and ordered a hearing on Jan. 31 to determine whether
Kuester was insane at the time of the killings in April, the
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70, and his 66-year-old wife, Chloe, and Gary Thoreson's brother,
Dean Thoreson, 76, were beaten to death on a farm near Wiota.
attorney, Guy Taylor, wanted an earlier date for the insanity
hearing because he said he was concerned about Kuester maintaining
his improved mental state back at the Lafayette County Jail after
spending the past three months at the Mendota Mental Health
After Kuester was
found incompetent to stand trial on Oct. 31, doctors at Mendota
changed and strengthened his medication and he almost immediately
began to improve, Taylor said.
hopeful his treatment will continue as it has been in the hospital
and that there won't be an interruption in the services,"
Kuester competent to stand trial after accepting a psychologist's
Kuester drove from Waukesha to Green County on April 26, abandoned
his SUV, stripped off his clothes and ran through the woods. They
say he broke into the farmhouse and killed the three family