Competency exam slated for Warfield
JANESVILLE A semi-professional, mixed martial arts fighter is expected to get a mental evaluation to determine his competency before he returns to Rock County Court in early January.
James B. Warfield, 34, Green Bay, is accused of injuring Janesville police officers and a police dog in a fight in June at McDonald's on Milton Avenue. In September, he pleaded not guilty by reason of mental illness or defect to charges of battery to a police officer, resisting, harassing a police animal and criminal damage to property.
Warfield was in court Tuesday to request his bond be reduced to $1,000.
Judge Richard Werner declined the motion, and Warfield's bond remains at $5,500.
Police responded to the restaurant after a manager called to report Warfield had thrown a rock through a window.
Warfield punched one officer so hard the officer needed 11 stitches in his lip, according to the criminal complaint.
One officer shot Warfield with a Taser, but Warfield pulled himself free of the charge.
Three other Taser shots missed Warfield, according to the complaint.
Warfield did not yield to batons, pepper spray or K9 Hardy, one of the Janesville Police Department's German Shepherds, according to the complaint.
The dog was twice commanded to attack Warfield, and Warfield hit the dog each time, according to the complaint.
The fifth Taser shot dropped Warfield to the ground as he walked away from the scene.
Warfield is a mixed martial arts fighter with a 22-11 career fighting record at events around the Midwest, according to his profile on the Mixed Martial Arts news website Sherdog.com.
He is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday, Jan. 8.