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Man accused of attacking Milwaukee mayor in court Monday

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Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett By barrett4wi [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett By barrett4wi [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

MILWAUKEE (WSAU) A defense lawyer says the man accused of attacking Milwaukee’s mayor has not been getting the medication he needs while in jail. Anthony Cotton wants doctors to get a look at 20-year-old Anthony Peters. Cotton has said that Peters has a history of mental health issues, including schizo-phrenia and bi-polar disorder. Cotton says Peters is holding up for now.

He’s due in court on Monday, where’s expected to plead innocent-by-insanity to felony charges of reckless injury and theft. He has already pleaded innocent to misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct and bail jumping.

Authorities said Peters was in a spat with the grand-mother of his one-year-old daughter on August 15th when she screamed for help. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett was leaving the State Fair at the time, and he called 9-1-1 in response to the woman’s screams. Peters reported said he was “freaked out” about that – and he allegedly hit Barrett with a tire iron, causing a broken hand and multiple head injuries.

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