Competency hearing delayed in Wausau slaying case

CREATED Jan. 29, 2014

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WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) -- The competency hearing for a Wausau man accused of killing and beheading a family friend has been postponed because two doctors were unable to determine whether he's fit to stand trial.
 
Kou Thao is charged in the death Tong Pao Hang, a 58-year-old man from St. Paul, Minn. Prosecutors say Thao shot Hang between the eyes and cut off his head.
 
Thao had a competency hearing Tuesday, but a Daily Herald Media report says it was postponed. Defense attorney Steven Kohn says two doctors who examined the 26-year-old at the defense's request both said they were unable to render an opinion as to the defendant's competence.
 
Judge Mike Moran ordered that Thao be taken to a mental institution for further evaluation.