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A Madison man charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide after police said he stabbed a woman four times in June on Madison’s North Side was ordered committed to a state mental institution for up to a year after he was found incompetent to stand trial.

Tong V. Lor, 69, appeared disheveled Thursday in Dane County Circuit Court, wearing a suicide prevention smock and entering the courtroom in a restraint chair. He expressed confusion at questions posed to him by Dane County Circuit Judge Peter Anderson, who was trying to ask Lor whether he agreed with the findings of a psychiatrist who said that Lor was not presently competent to understand the proceedings or assist his attorney.

Anderson ordered Lor to be placed in the custody of the state Department of Health Services for up to a year while he receives treatment aimed at restoring competency. The department will issue reports on his progress every three months.

It’s likely that Lor would be confined at Mendota Mental Health Institute.

It was on the grounds of Mendota where police said that Lor stabbed a woman four times on June 6. A criminal complaint states that the woman had been at a program at Kajsiab House, a program for Hmong elders and their families, when she was supposed to walk with Lor but couldn’t that day. She told police that he became upset, and as she walked away he told her, “I’m going to kill you,” and stabbed her, the complaint states.

A search warrant related to the case states that Lor had in the past repeatedly asked the woman to marry him, and she had turned him down.

In court on Thursday, Lor said at one point through a Hmong interpreter that he was only trying to grab the woman and accidentally hit her.


Ed Treleven is the courts reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal.