More questions on mental competency as Wakefield trial moves forward
A man awaiting trial in a Rhinelander murder case is once again having his competency called into question.
Seth Wakefield was back in Oneida County Court Tuesday morning via video from the jail.
He’s accused of helping Christopher Anderson plan the death of Hannah Miller who was found shot to death outside Rhinelander last summer.
The court appearance Tuesday was just meant for the lawyers, Wakefield, and the judge to touch base and make sure everything was on track for the trial in September.
But Oneida County District Attorney Michael Schiek brought up concerns that Wakefield wasn’t taking his medication.
“I don’t know if I have reason bring up whether or not he’s competent. If the court recalls, we have had two prior evaluations. Each of indicated he was competent, but this may, we may have to do something else on this,” said Schiek.
Wakefield’s attorney said she was meeting him next week. She would inform the judge and Schiek if she believed another competency exam would be needed.
Judge Patrick O’Melia voiced his concerns during the status conference.
“If he’s doing this on purpose, it’s not going to turn out the way he thinks it’s going to turn out,” said O’Melia.
Another status conference is scheduled for June.
Schiek said Wakefield’s case could be dependent on how Christopher Anderson’s plays out.