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Judge orders competency exam in beheading case


WAUSAU (WAOW) - A judge Friday ordered that a 26-year-old man accused of killing and beheading a Minnesota man be evaluated on whether he was competent to understand the court proceedings.

Kou Thao was charged with first-degree intentional homicide and hiding a corpse in the killing of 58-year-old Tong Pao Hang of St. Paul, Minn., at a Wausau home in April. Hang was visiting family in Wausau, police said.

Hang was last seen April 7. His head was found in the trunk of a car that was reported stolen in Wausau and recovered in Milwaukee, where Thao was arrested, the criminal complaint said.

Police believe Thao shot Hang in the head in the basement of the Wausau home and later dismembered him.

Marathon County Circuit Judge Michael Moran granted Thao's request for a competency hearing after it was sought by his new attorney, Steven Kohn. Moran ordered that doctors from the state Department of Health and Human Services do the evaluation at the county jail, where Thao is being held on $1 million cash bond.

Kohn did not immediately return a telephone message Friday.

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