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Nordeng trial date set for November
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MONROE - Roxann D. Nordeng, the Brodhead woman accused of trying to kill her estranged husband in May, is scheduled to go to trial in November.

Nordeng, 60, appeared in court Wednesday, Aug. 22, for a hearing in Green County Circuit Court to schedule the trial and other upcoming court dates.

In the coming months the court will assemble a list of 45 potential jurors to serve at Nordeng's trial, set for Nov. 14, 15 and 16.

Nordeng has been in jail since her arrest following an incident May 9 at the Crazy Horse Campground west of Brodhead.

She allegedly made good that day on numerous threats to kill her husband, Arthur R. Nordeng, 64, and a woman identified as his live-in girlfriend, Chasadie M. Ayotte, 28, by showing up at their trailer home carrying a loaded Smith & Wesson .380 caliber semi-automatic pistol in a Ziploc bag.

Her husband testified that she pointed the gun at him, and when he grabbed the barrel in a "death grip" to point it away from him, her finger pulled the trigger and the gun fired upward, causing no injuries but leaving a hole in the trailer's screen door.

A divorce is pending between Roxann and Arthur Nordeng.

She faces a Class B felony charge of attempted first-degree intentional homicide, a Class E felony charge of burglary with a dangerous weapon and a Class A misdemeanor charge of intentionally pointing a firearm at a person.

On June 20, Nordeng pleaded not guilty to all charges by reason of mental disease or defect.

Her attorney was granted permission to have Dr. Michael Kaye, a Janesville neuropsychologist, evaluate her mental competency.

The doctor's report was filed Aug. 8 and is confidential. The report and the doctor's determination were not mentioned during Nordeng's hearing Wednesday.