Wand found competent to stand trial for deadly fire

Preliminary hearing to be scheduled

Published On: Nov 01 2012 10:24:45 AM CDT   Updated On: Nov 01 2012 06:03:01 PM CDT
Jeremy Wand in court
ARGYLE, Wis. -

One of the men accused of helping start a deadly Argyle fire is found competent to stand trial.

Jeremy Wand appeared in Lafayette County Circuit Court Thursday.

A doctor testified that he had talked to Wand for about an hour as part of his evaluation.

The judge asked Wand if he’s competent. Wand said “yes”.

Wand's defense attorney asked the judge to order a second evaluation, but Judge William Johnston denied that request saying the legal standards were met.

"(The doctor's) opinion was that he (Wand) did have and does have substantial capacity to understand the court proceedings and to assist in his defense," Johnston said.

The 18-year-old is facing multiple homicide charges. A criminal complaint said Wand helped his older brother, Armin, light the deadly fire.

The complaint said Armin told his brother he'd pay him $300 to help start the fire that killed Wand's three children and severely burned his pregnant wife.

Sharon Wand suffered severe burns and is still recovering. A surgeon with the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison is expected to release an update on her condition Friday.

A preliminary hearing is schedule for Nov. 13.