BREAKING: Olson to be committed for neighbor's death

By: WEAU 13 News Staff Email
By: WEAU 13 News Staff Email

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) – The man who killed his neighbor last summer will be committed to the state Department of Health Services.

Mary Liedtke of the State Public Defender’s Office says James Olson, 52, of Eau Claire was found Not Guilty by Reason of Mental Disease or Defect on Wednesday. She says that means he’s not criminally responsible for killing Paul Oberle. Liedtke says Olson pleaded guilty to the crime, but was “clearly mentally ill.” She says the decision was based upon several evaluations.

Investigators say Olson killed Oberle with a crowbar on June 9, 2012. Oberle had just returned home from working an overnight shift at a grocery store.

Liedtke says Olson will most likely end up at Mendota Mental Health Institute in Madison.
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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) -- 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.

Reports say 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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