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Bickle requests competency hearing in burglary case


WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) – A Wausau man found incompetent to stand trial in a burglary and assault case is asking for another evaluation.

James Bickle has been in a state mental health facility since February after a judge found him incompetent. Bickle has filed a writ of habeas corpus, a motion that compels a hearing as to why he's being held. Judge Mike Moran has scheduled a competency hearing in the case December 19th.

Bickle is accused of breaking into a 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 Bickle 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 in Schofield. Deputies Tased him before they arrested him.