UPDATE: Suspect in baseball bat death pleads insanity

UPDATED Monday, August 18, 2014 --- 11:34 p.m.

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (AP) -- A Plover man has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in the baseball bat beating death of his stepfather.

Thirty-three-year-old Andrew Pray entered his plea Monday before Portage County Circuit Judge Thomas Eagon, who ordered a competency exam

Pray is charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the May 26 attack. The victim, 77-year-old Chris Bonnstetter, was removed from life support and died June 3.

Pray's mother told police Bonnstetter was laying on the floor in the living room and resting when her son came upstairs and struck him three or four times. She said he "just flipped out."

Plover Police Officer Michael Tracy testified at a hearing last month that Pray only said "no comment" when Tracy asked him what happened.

Pray is due back in court Oct. 6.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, July 1, 2014 --- 11:00 a.m.

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (AP) -- A 32-year-old man will stand trial for allegedly beating his stepfather to death with a baseball bat in Portage County.

Stevens Point Journal Media reports (http://spjour.nl/1rTxVHb ) a judge decided Monday there was enough evidence to order Andrew Pray to stand trial.

Pray, of Plover, is charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the death of 77-year-old Chris Bonnstetter.

According to Bonnsetter's wife, Jennifer Pray, Andrew Pray came up the basement stairs and hit Bonnstetter three to four times while Bonnstetter lay on the floor May 26.

Plover Police Officer Michael Tracy testified Monday during the preliminary hearing that Andrew Pray only said "no comment" when Tracy found him standing in front of the garage at the scene.

A message left for Andrew Pray's attorney was not immediately returned Tuesday.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Friday, June 6, 2014 --- 5:25 p.m.

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (AP) -- A Plover man is charged with attacking his sleeping stepfather with a baseball bat and killing him.

Thirty-two-year-old Andrew Pray is charged with one count of first-degree intentional homicide in the May 26 attack on 77-year-old Christopher Bonnstetter. Bonnstetter died Tuesday from his injuries.

According to the complaint, Pray's mother, Jennifer Pray, told investigators she witnessed the afternoon attack and saw her son hit Bonnstetter three or four times.

WAOW-TV (http://bit.ly/1tP8OF2 ) reports court records say Bonnstetter was sleeping on the floor of his living room when Andrew Pray came in, said nothing and began hitting him with an aluminum baseball bat.

Andrew Pray is being held in the Portage County Jail on $250,000 bond. He's scheduled to appear in court Monday. Online court records do not list a defense attorney.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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Posted Friday, June 6, 2014 --- 10:16 a.m.

PLOVER, Wis. (AP) -- A Portage County prosecutor says he will file a homicide charge against a Plover man accused of beating his stepfather with a baseball bat.

Thirty-two-year-old Andrew Pray is being held in the Portage County Jail on $250,000 bond. Authorities say he attacked 77-year-old Christopher Bonnstetter and hit him in the head and chest with the bat last week. Bonnstetter died Tuesday night at St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield.

Assistant District Attorney Cass Cousins says Pray will be charged with first-degree intentional homicide Friday. Police haven't revealed a motive for the attack.

Court records did not list an attorney for Pray.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


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