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Competency, homicide charges focus of suspect’s court appearance

One person is in custody in connection to a homicide investigation in the city of Wausau
One person is in custody in connection to a homicide investigation in the city of Wausau(Wausau Police Department)
Published: Mar. 26, 2021 at 1:26 PM CDT
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WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) - The 24-year-old Wausau man charged with the fatal shooting of his girlfriend will undergo a competency exam.

Umberto Lo is charged with the March 21 murder of Mai Rue “Lily” Vang, 30. Vang died of a gunshot wound at the Wausau apartment she shared with Lo.

Lo will need to be found competent for the case to move forward.

Court documents state Lo called a family member following the shooting and asked them to come to pick up his children. The relative thought Lo was joking and Lo allegedly sent a photo of Vang’s fatal injury. The relative called 911 and Lo was arrested without incident. Two young children were not harmed.

Lo believed Vang was cheating on him.

An attorney representing Lo at his probable cause hearing had previously said his competency was an issue, noting he does not understand consequences.

According to the officer that transported Lo from the scene to the jail, he was making statements saying “Rest in peace beautiful angel”, “She did not deserve this,” and “I deserve what is coming to me”.

Online records show three of Lo’s open criminal cases are related to domestic abuse allegations. The cases are filed separately, but a consolidated competency hearing will also be discussed Friday in court.

Lo’s criminal complaint states the weapon used to kill Vang was purchased by Vang for Lo.

Lo remains in the Marathon County Jail on $1 million cash bond. A clerical court appearance has been scheduled for April 9.

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