The first-degree intentional homicide case against a man charged with stabbing his roommate to death last year is again moving ahead after the man was found competent Monday to stand trial.
Dane County Circuit Judge William Hanrahan said at a hearing Monday that Ronald Redeaux, 28, is competent to assist his lawyers in presenting a defense after finding that Redeaux had shown an appropriate level of introspection when questioned in court, showed that he realized the usefulness of treatment he has received, and availed himself of the opportunity to consult with his lawyers.
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In January, Hanrahan suspended the case after a doctor opined, and prosecutors agreed, that Redeaux was not competent to stand trial for the June 24 stabbing death of Gerald Moore, 52, at the South Side apartment where the two men lived.
Redeaux was sent to the Mendota Mental Health Institute, where he was treated with an antipsychotic drug and other therapy. Dr. Victoria Kendrick wrote in a nine-page report that she believes Redeaux has regained competency and testified that she believes he will maintain competency as long as he continues to take the medication. Redeaux’s lawyers, state assistant public defenders Diana Van Rybroek and Luis Cuevas, contested the competency finding. A criminal complaint states that Redeaux and Moore, who were in a romantic relationship for about six years, had been smoking crack cocaine when Redeaux became suspicious that Moore was planning to hurt him, leading to a fight that ended with Moore’s death. Police have said that Redeaux slashed or stabbed Moore with scissors and a knife more than 70 times, causing more than 100 wounds.
Trial dates have not been set.