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Competency exam ordered for attempted homicide suspect in New Richmond case

Omar Martinez

A competency exam was ordered for a New Richmond man accused of trying to kill his mother.

St. Croix County Circuit Court Judge Edward Vlack approved the order Dec. 21 at a brief hearing for 26-year-old Omar S. Martinez.

The man, being held in St. Croix County jail on $25,000 cash bond, is charged with first-degree intentional attempted homicide, substantial battery and two counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety — all felonies. Martinez pleaded not guilty on Nov. 15 to all charges, including a misdemeanor offense.

The charges stemmed from a Sept. 29 incident at his mother's New Richmond home, where Martinez allegedly put a gun to her head. He pulled the trigger twice, but it misfired both times, authorities allege. Martinez then allegedly beat his mother in front of his children, before police arrived and arrested him.

A status conference for the case was set for Jan. 30.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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