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Attonreys will appeal Milwaukee murder suspect mental competent


MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WTAQ) - Attorneys for a Milwaukee murder suspect say they’ll probably appeal a judge’s ruling that their client is mentally competent to stand trial.

18-year-old Markus Evans was removed from a preliminary hearing this week, just before a court commissioner ruled that there’s enough evidence to put Evans on trial.

Reports said Evans was shouting and rocking through the proceeding – and the gallery had to be cleared at one point because of tensions between the families involved in the case.

Evans returned with a hood on his face, after he reportedly threatened to spit at sheriff’s officers. He resumed shouting. The court commissioner then said Evans gave up his right to be at the hearing, and he had the defendant removed.

Evans is charged in the shooting death of 17-year-old Jonoshia Alexander just before Christmas last year. She was walking home from a bus stop at the time, after taking part in a school dance practice.

Evans’ lawyers insist that their client is not able to help with his own defense. But Circuit Judge Jeffrey Conen disagreed, and he ordered a hearing where Evans is supposed to enter a plea. But the defense asked for a new judge, and Dennis Cimpl was assigned.

Cimpl will meet with attorneys next month to schedule a date for the plea hearing.