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Man competent to stand trial in deaths, judge rules

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ANN MARIE AMES
September 3, 2011
— A Janesville man will stand trial in the Easter morning death of a Janesville woman and her grandson.

Rock County Judge James Daley on Friday ruled Omar Tavizon-Ramos, 21, of Janesville, competent to stand trial in the case.


Tavizon-Ramos is charged with two counts of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle, one count of injury by intoxicated use of a vehicle and two counts of first-degree reckless injury for his role in the crash.


Tavizon-Ramos, using crutches, appeared in court Friday. His next court appearance is a motion hearing scheduled Oct. 27. A trial date could be set at that time, Daley said.


On Aug. 17, Daley ordered a psychological exam to determine if Tavizon-Ramos was competent to stand trial. The defendant has a “lengthy” history of mental illness that was diagnosed and treated in Mexico, according to court documents filed by Tavizon-Ramos’ attorney.


Tavizon-Ramos began suffering from hallucinations while being held at the Rock County Jail and has been taking medication to treat anxiety, according to the documents. The medication has prevented him from assisting in his defense, the documents said.


A defendant must be able to assist in his or her own defense to be ruled competent to stand trial.


Tavizon-Ramos and a friend were returning from a Beloit bar early in the morning on April 24 when the crash took place at Center Avenue and Racine Street, according to court documents.


Jeffery S. Bauer, 19, of 1613 W. Racine St., Janesville, died at the scene. His grandmother, Margaret Worden, 61, of Janesville, died May 6 at Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center, Janesville.


Tavizon-Ramos and a passenger were injured in the crash.


Tavizon-Ramos remains in jail on a $125,000 cash bond.



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