Palmyra man found incompetent for trial

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Gazette staff
February 23, 2012
— A Rock County homicide case that originated in Racine County has been suspended while a Palmyra man continues getting court-ordered mental health treatment.

Keith Abbott, 47, Palmyra, formerly of Sturtevant, is accused of murdering Kristin S. Miller, 33, Racine. Her body was found Jan. 31, 2011, in a ravine in Avon Township in southwestern Rock County.

Abbott has been detained for treatment at Mendota Mental Health Institute. Rock County Judge Kenneth Forbeck on Tuesday ordered Abbott to continue treatment. Evaluations will continue, and the case’s status could change if Abbott is found to be competent to stand trial.

The debate about Abbott’s competency has been ongoing for months because different evaluations came up with different results.

The case was moved to Rock County when DNA evidence did not prove Miller was murdered in Racine County. Miller was the former girlfriend of Abbott’s stepson.

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