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Kuester gives insanity plea
Jaren Kuester, 31, faces three counts of first-degree intentional homicide in the deaths of Gary, Chloe and Dean Thoreson. (Times photo: Katjusa Cisar)
DARLINGTON - The Waukesha man charged in the April triple homicide in Wiota Township pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect at a hearing Monday, July 1, after a judge ruled he is competent to stand trial. By court order, Jaren M. Kuester, 31, was evaluated for competency in June at Mendota Mental Health Institute in Madison. A forensic psychologist concluded that Kuester, despite a long history of mental health issues, including hospitalizations, understands the charges against him and is able to assist in his own defense.