SHEBOYGAN, WI (WTAQ) - A judge in Sheboygan could decide Friday whether a 13-year-old boy is mentally competent to stand trial as an adult for the brutal slaying of his great-grandmother.
A mental exam was ordered last month for Antonio Barbeau – and Circuit Judge Timothy Van Akkeren was expected to review the results before deciding whether the case will proceed.
If Barbeau is found not to be competent, mental treatment would be ordered. The other defendant in the case, 13-year-old Nathan Paape, has not requested a mental exam. But he’ll be in court Friday for a status hearing on his case. A similar status review is also set for Barbeau.
Both are accused of killing 78-year-old Barbara Olson at her Sheboygan Falls home on September 17th, and ransacking her house for money – which they allegedly used soon afterward to buy marijuana and pizza.
Defense lawyers are expected to try and have both teens transferred to juvenile court. But that matter won’t be addressed until later.