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UPDATE: Man accused in dismemberment slaying competent

UPDATED Tuesday, March 11, 2014 --- 10:26 a.m.

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin man has been found competent to stand trial on charges of fatally shooting and dismembering a Minnesota man.

Marathon County Circuit Judge Mike Moran has ruled Kou Thao is mentally capable of assisting with his own defense. The 27-year-old Wausau man is accused of shooting and dismembering 58-year-old Tong Pao Hang, of St. Paul, Minn., and taking the body parts to Milwaukee last spring.

Thao's competency has been at issue for several months. He's been examined three times by doctors from the Wisconsin Department of Health and Human Services at the request of defense attorneys.

WSAW-TV says Thao remains jailed on $1 million cash bond.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Monday, March 10, 2014 --- 11:05 a.m.

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) -- Attorneys are meeting to determine whether a Wisconsin man is mentally competent to stand trial on charges of fatally shooting and dismembering a Minnesota man.

Kou Thao has been examined three times by doctors from the Wisconsin Department of Health and Human Services at the request of defense attorneys. Marathon County Circuit Judge Mike Moran says there likely won't be a fourth exam because state law limits the amount of time the court can spend assessing a defendant's competency.

The Daily Herald Media says attorneys have not indicated why doctors have been unable to come to a conclusion about Thao's competency. Lawyers are meeting Monday to discuss the issue.

The 26-year-old Thao is accused of shooting and dismembering 58-year-old Tong Pao Hang and taking the body parts to Milwaukee last spring.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Wednesday, January 29, 2014 --- 10:33 a.m.

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) -- The competency hearing for a Wausau man accused of killing and beheading a family friend has been postponed because two doctors were unable to determine whether he's fit to stand trial.

Kou Thao is charged in the death Tong Pao Hang, a 58-year-old man from St. Paul, Minn. Prosecutors say Thao shot Hang between the eyes and cut off his head.

Thao had a competency hearing Tuesday, but a Daily Herald Media report says it was postponed. Defense attorney Steven Kohn says two doctors who examined the 26-year-old at the defense's request both said they were unable to render an opinion as to the defendant's competence.

Judge Mike Moran ordered that Thao be taken to a mental institution for further evaluation.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Friday, July 12, 2013 --- 2:02 p.m.

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) -- A preliminary hearing for a man accused in the death and dismemberment of a Minnesota man has been postponed for a third time.

Kou Thao was scheduled to appear in Marathon County Circuit Court Friday, but the hearing has been put off again because of a request for another judge.

A criminal complaint says Thao drove from Wausau to Milwaukee in April with the severed head of 58-year-old Tong Pao Hang in the trunk of a car. Other body parts were found in the basement of a Milwaukee home where the car was located.

The 26-year-old Thao is charged with first-degree intentional homicide, hiding a corpse and possession of a firearm by a felon.

The Daily Herald Media (http://wdhne.ws/12vTfE0 ) says Judge Greg Huber has been assigned to the case. A hearing is rescheduled for Aug. 7.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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Posted: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 -- 6:02 a.m.

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) -- A central Wisconsin man is being held on $1 million bond in the slaying and dismemberment of a Minnesota man.

A criminal complaint says Kou Thao fatally shot 58-year-old Tong Pao Hang, of St. Paul, in the basement of a Wausau home, wrapped his body in a tarp, loaded it in a car and drove to Milwaukee April 17.

The complaint says investigators learned Thao had connections in Milwaukee. Officers went to a house in Milwaukee the following day and found Thao's car. Authorities say when they knocked on the door Thao fled and was later arrested. Detectives searched the house and found body parts, a knife and a tarp.

The Wausau Daily Herald says officials haven't commented on a possible motive in the slaying. A preliminary hearing is scheduled May 1.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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