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Serial burglar not competent to stand trial


WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) - A Wausau man charged with breaking into a home last month then causing a sheriff's deputy to tear his ACL during a foot chase has been found not competent to stand trial.

James Bickle told Marathon County Judge Mike Moran on Tuesday that he cannot assist in his own defense and that he hears voices.

“Do you hear them?' Bickle asked, as he sat in a conference room at the Winnebago Mental Health Institute. Bickle appeared in court through a videoconferencing link.

Moran committed Bickle to the facility where he could be restored to competency. Moran also said doctors can give Bickle medicine to restore his competency against his will. Doctors will update the court on Bickle's condition every three months.

Bickle is accused of breaking into the home on the 3100 block of East Wausau Avenue on October 24th. The homeowner came home, interrupted the burglary and scared Bickle off. Police chased Bickle into a wooded area and Tased him twice. But he pulled Deputy Bill Millhausen to the ground and got away. Millhausen tore the ACL in his right knee and will not be fully cleared to return to work for up to nine months.

Bickle evaded police for a week. Officers found him October 31st in the Wausau Gun and Loan store on Business Highway 51 in Schofield. Deputies Tased him before they arrested him.