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Trial begins for Waupun man accused of bludgeoning wife to death

JUNEAU, Wis. (AP) -- A jury will be asked to decide whether a Waupun man was mentally ill when he bludgeoned his wife to death last summer.

Larry Randall Henry's trial is set to begin Monday morning and is expected to last five days.

The 47-year-old has pleaded guilty to first-degree intentional homicide in the death of Tammy Henry.

The plea was the first part of a two-phased trial. Henry had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity on Oct. 7. That meant a first phase would have to establish whether he killed Tammy Henry as charged, and the other would determine whether he was mentally competent at the time.

The guilty plea covers the first phase. Now jurors will be asked to decide the other.

Prosecutors say Larry Henry called a dispatcher in July 2009 and calmly said he had killed his wife.

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