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Madison man found not competent to stand trial in death of relative


MADISON (WKOW) -- A Dane County judge says a former Madison man accused, along with his mother, of leaving his elderly aunt on the floor to die is not competent to stand trial.

On Friday, Judge Julie Genovese suspended the case against 46-year-old Steven King, citing psychologists' reports that he suffers from autism and cannot assist his attorney. Genovese ordered the case temporarily suspended until King becomes competent.

Prosecutors charged both King and his mother, Veronica King, a little more than a year ago with first-degree reckless homicide. Investigators accused them of leaving Mary Coleman, Steven King's 70-year-old aunt and Veronica's sister, to die after she fell in their house in early 2009 and collecting her life insurance benefits.

Veronica King's competency hearing is scheduled for next month.

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