- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 14, 2015

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (AP) - A teen accused of killing his ex-girlfriend’s mother in central Wisconsin has pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease.

Seventeen-year-old Miguel-Angel Oertel, of Nekoosa, entered the plea during an appearance in Wood County Circuit Court Tuesday. He’s charged with first-degree reckless homicide in the Aug. 17 death of 47-year-old Theresa Coates at her Saratoga home.

Court documents say Oertel went to Coates’ house after telling his ex-girlfriend he intended to commit suicide. A complaint says the girl watched Coates and Oertel struggle with a gun when it went off and struck Coates. The girl then saw Oertel shooting himself in the face. Coates died later at a hospital in Marshfield.

Daily Tribune Media (https://wrtnews.co/1K8Bksv ) reports Oertel is being held on $500,000 bond.

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Information from: Daily Tribune Media, https://www.wisconsinrapidstribune.com

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