La Crosse Man Whose Mother Was Put In Freezer To Stand Trial

A La Crosse County man who kept his mother's body in a freezer for about five years has been found competent to stand trial.

La Crosse County Circuit Judge Ramona Gonzalez made that ruling Tuesday during a competency hearing for Philip Schuth.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled July 27th.

Police arrested the 52-year-old Schuth in April after a standoff at his house in the Town of Campbell on French Island. The stand-off began after Schuth allegedly shot a neighbor and fled into the house he shared with his mother.

During the stand-off he told authorities his mother's body was in the basement freezer. He eventually surrendered, and investigators found Edith Schuth's body in the freezer.

Court documents say Schuth told investigators his mother died naturally in August 2000. He put her in the freezer because he feared he would be blamed for her death and he wanted to keep collecting her Social Security checks.