Matthew O'Dell

Matthew O'Dell

A judge ordered a competency evaluation Wednesday for a man charged with first-degree murder for allegedly stabbing another man to death last month on Madison's North Side.

Jason Gonzalez, lawyer for Matthew J. O'Dell, 25, told Dane County Circuit Judge Nicholas McNamara that it was apparent he needed to ask for an evaluation of his client's competency after meeting with him in the Dane County Jail. He did not state any other basis for the request, but McNamara said he did not have to.

The competency request was one of two issues that put a stop to a preliminary hearing that was set Wednesday for O'Dell, who is charged with first-degree intentional homicide for allegedly stabbing Craig O'Donnell to death June 30 at the Waxwing Lane home of O'Dell's former girlfriend, Bailey Koenig. O'Donnell was Koenig's new boyfriend.

A criminal complaint states that an argument started between the two men over the ownership of a television set and ended with O'Dell allegedly stabbing O'Donnell 21 times in his neck, torso and extremities.

The preliminary hearing also would have been delayed because the lead police investigator in the case was not available Wednesday.

The competency evaluation, to be done in the jail, is to be completed within 30 days, McNamara said.

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