11/21/17 – A competency hearing was held Monday for Fox Lake murder suspect Laverne Ware Jr. Dodge County District Attorney Kurt Klomberg filed notice earlier this month of the state’s intent to raise competency issues. Klomberg says Ware believes a device has been planted in his cell by county jailers to mess with his head and insists he hears voices. Ware was joined in court by his new council, Anthony Cotton, the son of Attorney Donna Kutchler who had represented Ware in the past. Cotton says his client is of sound mind and believes a mental health evaluation would be a waste of time. Judge Brian Pfitzinger says there does seem to be some concerns that could affect the 37-year-old’s ability to stand trial. Pfitzinger ordered a competency review the findings of which will be discussed at a December 21 status hearing. Ware is accused of murdering his girlfriend and first cousin, Sesalie Dixon, last December. The 27-year-old was found in the cab of Ware’s pick-up truck inside a Fox Lake garage with a gunshot wound to the head. A two-week jury trial is slated to begin April 9.
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