A Madison man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to killing his ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend in June and also was found competent to stand trial in the case.
Matthew J. O'Dell, 25, was ordered by Dane County Circuit Judge Nicholas McNamara to stand trial after a brief preliminary hearing for allegedly stabbing Craig O'Donnell to death on June 30 at a home on Waxwing Lane on Madison's North Side.
A report by two psychiatrists found that O'Dell is competent to stand trial, and its conclusions were not challenged in court by O'Dell.
Madison police Detective David Miller testified that O'Donnell died from 21 stab wounds to his neck, torso and extremities and that he saw O'Donnell lying outside the home when he was called there on June 30. O'Dell's former girlfriend, Bailey Koenig, told police that O'Dell had stabbed O'Donnell, Miller testified.
The case will be scheduled for a trial before Circuit Judge William Hanrahan.