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Judge finds Argyle teen competent to stand trial in fatal fire

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Judges gavel and stryker By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Judges gavel and stryker By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

LAFAYETTE COUNTY, WI (WTAQ) - A judge in southwest Wisconsin ruled Thursday that an Argyle teenager is mentally competent to stand trial for a fire that killed his three nephews.

18-year-old Jeremy Wand appeared in Lafayette County Circuit Court. The judge reviewed a competency exam and decided that Wand is able to help prepare his own defense.

Wand is charged with 3 counts of homicide for a September 7th blaze at the home of his 32-year-old brother Armin Wand III. Jeremy is also charged with arson plus two counts of attempted homicide, after Armin’s wife and two-year-old daughter escaped from the burning house.

Both men are due back in court November 13th, where a hearing will determine if there’s enough evidence for both to stand trial.

The woman’s unborn child was also killed in the blaze, but prosecutors have not charged either defendant in that death.

Authorities said Wand set the blaze to collect the insurance money, and get a fresh start after a rough marriage. 

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