Prosecutor moves to reopen Rock Co. homicide case
- Associated Press
- October 2, 2013 - 10:00 AM
RACINE, Wis. — A special prosecutor is trying to reopen a homicide case against a Wisconsin man earlier declared incompetent to stand trial in Rock County.
The motion filed in Rock County Circuit Court asks that Keith Abbott be re-examined to determine if he is now competent to stand trial in the 2011 death of Kristin Miller. The motion was filed after a Racine County judge ruled Abbott was competent for trial on child pornography charges there, The Journal Times (http://bit.ly/1g3zduJ ) reported.
"We're excited to get the gears in motion now," Kristin Miller's sister, Cheri Miller, said. "You don't get closure without a verdict."
The 33-year-old woman disappeared Jan. 1, 2011. She and Abbott's son had a daughter together, and court records show Abbott had been appointed as a go-between to transfer the 2-year-old between her mother and father.
Abbott was accused of fatally stabbing Miller, whose snow-covered body was found wrapped in plastic in a rural ditch in Rock County. He was charged with first-degree intentional homicide and hiding a corpse. A Rock County judge ruled on Feb. 21, 2012, that Abbott was incompetent to assist with his defense.
No date has been set for a competency hearing in Rock County.
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