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Competency test OK’d for driver in double-fatal

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David Brazy
August 18, 2011
— A Rock County judge on Wednesday granted a request for a defendant in a double-fatal car crash to undergo a mental evaluation to determine if he is competent to stand trial.

Omar Tavizon-Ramos, 21, of Janesville, is charged in the Easter morning deaths of Jeffery S. Bauer, 19, of Janesville and his grandmother Margaret Worden, 61, of Janesville.


Ramos and a friend were returning from drinking at a Beloit bar when the crash took place. An injured Ramos was taken to University Hospital in Madison, but 15 days after the crash he left the hospital and boarded a bus before he could be arrested.


He was taken into custody in Janesville two days later.


According to court documents filed by Ramos’ attorney Michael Murphy, Ramos has a “lengthy” history of mental illness that has been diagnosed and treated in Mexico.


Ramos has begun to suffer from hallucinations since being held in the Rock County Jail. He is taking an anxiety medication twice a day, according to the documents.


Ramos has been unable to assist in his defense because of the medication, the court documents said. A defendant must be able to assist in his or her own defense to be ruled competent to stand trial.


Ramos will appear in court again at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, for a competency hearing.



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