Wisconsin man charged in sister’s death needs mental exam

January 2, 2020 GMT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A 57-year-old Wisconsin man accused of fatally shooting his sister at her home on Christmas Eve has been ordered by court to undergo a mental competency evaluation.

The public defender for Joseph G. Green requested the examination before a preliminary hearing, which will determine if enough evidence exist for trial in Dane County.

The Wisconsin State Journal reported Thursday that Green faces a first-degree intentional homicide charge for the death of his sister, 63-year-old Sheila M. Green. Police say he shot her sister multiple times at her Madison home.

Joseph Green declined to give a statement to police.

The criminal complaint against him notes that detectives found a gun and holster in a trash bin and later determined the weapon was loaded with the same ammunition as the shell casings found in Sheila Green’s house.

Joseph Green is being held on $1 million bail. His competency evaluation will determine whether he’s capable of understanding the proceedings against him so he can assist in his defense.