RHINELANDER (WAOW) - A judge has ruled that a nephew accused of shooting his uncle in the abdomen is competent to understand the court proceedings.
The decision means Marcus L. Alsteens, 23, of Rhinelander, will return to court Sept. 24 for a preliminary hearing for prosecutors to present evidence to justify the charges filed against him.
Alsteens was charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide, aggravated battery and injury by negligent use of a weapon or explosive in the Aug. 12 shooting of 49-year-old Justin F. Alsteens at the home they shared in Rhinelander.
An argument over household chores prompted the shooting that critically wounded the uncle, according to the criminal complaint.
Oneida County Circuit Judge Patrick O'Melia ruled Thursday that Marcus Alsteens was competent after reviewing a doctor's report, according to online court records.
The uncle remained hospitalized at Ministry St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield in fair condition Friday, a hospital spokeswoman said.