- Associated Press - Sunday, December 21, 2014

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A judge has ruled a 26-year-old man is incompetent to stand trial on charges he chased two Milwaukee police officers with a butcher knife outside of a home where his father and an uncle were found stabbed to death.

Alfonso Martinez Jr. was arrested Dec. 1 after officers were called to check on residents inside the home. The caller said Martinez, one of the residents, “had mental health issues.”

At the house, authorities say two officers encountered Martinez holding a butcher knife and threatening to kill them. Martinez chased the officers around parked vehicles as they yelled at him to drop the knife, which he finally did, the officers said.

Martinez was charged with two counts of recklessly endangering safety by using a dangerous weapon. But Judge Stephanie Rothstein found Martinez incompetent on Friday to understand the charges against him or to aid in his own defense, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (https://bit.ly/1sXCeGO ) reported.

Martinez has not been charged in the stabbing deaths of his father, 56-year-old Alfonso Martinez Sr., and uncle, 57-year-old Manuel Martinez.

After his arrest, Martinez Jr. was taken to Mendota Mental Health Hospital. The judge based her ruling on testimony from medical professionals at that facility, but said he likely would become competent with treatment, online court records show.

The judge authorized the Department of Health and Family Services to give Martinez psychotropic medication or other treatment.

Martinez appeared by phone at Friday’s hearing but became agitated, yelled in the background and was taken off speakerphone, according to online court records.

A report by Robert Rawski of the Wisconsin Forensic Unit noted that Martinez has a history of chronic, severe mental illness.

Martinez’s next hearing is scheduled for March 16 when a doctor’s report will be reviewed.


Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, https://www.jsonline.com

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