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Insanity defense planned in Wis. homicide case

Judge appoints psychologist to evaluate defendant


An Eau Claire man accused of killing a 39-year-old man with a crowbar plans an insanity defense.

A public defender entered pleas of not guilty and not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect on behalf of 52-year-old James E. Olson on Tuesday.

The judge appointed a psychologist to evaluate Olson. The psychologist previously examined Olson to determine Olson's competency to help with his defense.

The Leader-Telegram reports the findings will be discussed in court April 18.

Olson is charged with a felony count of first-degree intentional homicide in the death of Paul Oberle last year.

Olson is accused of killing Oberle with a crowbar on June 9 after Oberle returned home from working the overnight shift at an Eau Claire grocery store.

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