Wis. attorney wants charge dropped in fatal crash

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. (AP) -- The attorney for a man charged with killing a woman in an allegedly drunken collision in Jackson County in 2012 says the homicide charge should be dismissed because his client suffered severe head injuries and isn't competent to assist in his defense.

Court record show that prosecutors charged 35-year-old Thomas E. Jahnke is charged with felony counts of homicide and injury by intoxicated use of a vehicle last month.

Police say Jahnke sped through a stop sign in 2012 and slammed into another car, killing a passenger in the other car and injuring its driver.

Public defender Bill Poss says Jahnke suffered traumatic brain injuries. He says Jahnke should be declared incompetent.

A message left with Jackson County district attorney Gerald Fox on Tuesday was not immediately returned.

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