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Eklund Found Not Mentally Competent For Murder Trial


CHILTON, Wis. (WTAQ) - A Fox Valley man arrested almost two years ago for the killing of his mother will be committed to a mental institution without a trial.

Calumet County Circuit Judge Donald Poppy ruled yesterday that 40-year-old Brian Eklund is still not mentally competent to help with his defense.

The judge had until November 8th to either find Eklund competent, or release him from a court-ordered mental commitment. Poppy ordered a civil commitment for Eklund, and a hearing on that is set for Monday.

Eklund is charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the 2008 death of 56-year-old Cynthia Bache. Eklund told police he stabbed his mother numerous times because she made him take medicines and go to church, and she arranged to have him locked up in a hospital.

He was scheduled to go on trial in July. But that was called off due to new concerns about his mental state. He ranted at a court hearing about the Bible and “Star Wars.” The judge did not drop the homicide charge, and said it could be pursued if Eklund is ever found to be competent.