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New mental institution confinement given to Jaren Kuester

Jaren Kuester
Jaren Kuester

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The man accused of killing three elderly family members in southwest Wisconsin was given a new confinement at a mental institution Thursday. 

Visiting Judge William Foust ruled that 31-year-old Jaren Kuester of Waukesha was not competent to stand trial. 

Kuester's attorney, Guy Taylor, said he was surprised by the finding because the defendant's mental condition has been getting better with new medication. Taylor expects the new confinement to be temporary. 

Foust will re-evaluate Kuester's mental state on November 25th. 

Kuester is charged with five felonies after he allegedly broke into a farmhouse in Lafayette County in April -- killed Dean, Gary, and Chloe Thoreson with a fireplace poker -- and then drove one of the victims' pickup trucks to Waukesha to see his father. 

He was arrested there the day after the slayings. 

His parents have said they tried to get mental help for Kuester before the incidents, because they feared he was delusional. 

A plea deal was set in July, in which Kuester would have been found not guilty by insanity and sent to a mental institution. The plea deal broke down after Kuester was despondent at a court hearing.  

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