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Man found competent to stand trial in beating death of homeless man

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A 32-year-old man has been found mentally-competent to stand trial on charges that he beat a homeless man to death with a table leg on Madison’s Capitol Square.

Dane County Court Commissioner Todd Meurer has ordered that the case against Justin Brooks proceed.

A preliminary hearing is set for August 29th, when a judge will decide if there’s enough evidence to put Brooks on trial on a charge of first-degree intentional homicide.

Authorities said Brooks beat 61-year-old Robert Kuntz on June 19th. Kuntz died the day after the attack.

Public defender Jon Helland said Brooks has been getting medication in jail for a mental illness – and it has made a big difference in his ability to help with his defense. 

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