Ashland murder suspect competent enough to stand trial

By KBJR News 1

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Ashland murder suspect competent enough to stand trial

March 25, 2014 Updated Mar 25, 2014 at 5:29 PM CDT

Ashland, WI (NNCNOW.com)--- An Ashland teen will stand trial on first degree murder charges for the brutal killing of his custodial father in December of 2013.

A doctor with the Wisconsin Forensics Unit ruled that 14-year-old Joseph Ackley is competent to stand trial for the murder of 52-year-old William Saari.

Tuesday's decision is a setback for the defense in this case that began unfolding just before Christmas of last year.

When police responded to a 9-1-1 call to Saari's home the night of his death, authorities say Ackley exchanged gunfire with officers.

Police say the teenager stabbed Saari 37 times and shot him.

He also alledgedly tried to shoot Saari's wife.

Ackley is charged with one count of first degree intentional homicide and two counts of attempted first degree intentional homicide

The teenager will be back in court on April 4.

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