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Wold to undergo competency hearing

Darren Wold, who is charged in the homicide of Oconomowoc resident Kim Smith last October, will receive a competency exam after his physical and mental condition has become a concern. His lawyers Anthony Rosario and Joseph Smith said after recent visits with Wold they feel it's only ethical that he undergo a mental evaluation.

Rosario said he is not concerned with Wold's competency as far as him understanding his charges but has concerns about his mental and physcial well-being as it appears Wold is suffering from severe depression.

"We believe it could be a mental disease such as depression-related and it's getting to the point where we are not getting anywhere," said Rosario.

Rosario told Judge James Kieffer that he hardly recognized Wold when he saw him prior to Friday's court date. Rosario told Kieffer he understood that the judge had not seen Wold prior to this appearance as Judge Mac J. Davis had been the court official prior but a court rotation has him elsewhere.

Wold entered the courtroom handcuffed and in a wheelchair wearing a green, padded vest often used for inmates that attempt suicide or have other issues. His skin was sallow and he had dark circles around his eyes. His hair was long and disheveled and he was unshaven with a long beard. Wold appeared very solemn and sat still and silent other than brief conversations with Rosario.

"I spoke with his parents and everyone is fairly concerned we won't be able to assist him," in further court proceedings, Rosario said.

Kieffer ordered a competency exam for Wold at Waukesha County Jail in the next 15 days. A motion hearing for all three charged in Smith's murder which includes Jack Johnson and Justin Welch, will be sometime in November.

More on this story in Tuesday's Living Lake Country Reporter and Oconomowoc Focus.

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