Doctor: Larry Shannon competent to stand trial for Whitewater attempted murder

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Gazette staff
Friday, October 18, 2013

ELKHORN—A Whitewater man charged with trying to kill two young girls and leading police on a high-speed chase is fit to stand trial, a doctor said this week.

An attorney for Larry Shannon, who Walworth County prosecutors have charged with 11 felonies including attempted murder and child sexual assault, requested a competency hearing for him in September.

Assistant Public Defender Travis Schwantes told the court he believed mental illness made Shannon unable to assist in his defense.

At a hearing on Tuesday, however, a court-appointed doctor said Shannon is competent and can proceed with the case.

The court scheduled Shannon for a jury trial in January.

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