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UPDATE: Suspect in Wausau Dismemberment Homicide Case Found Competent

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UPDATE: Mon 6:36 PM, Mar 10, 2014

A 27-year-old Wausau man has been found competent to stand trial in the April 2013 death of Tong Pao Hang, 58.

Kou Thao's competency had been at issue for several months.

Monday, Marathon County Judge Mike Moran, ruled Thao was competent.

Prosecutors say Thao drove from Wausau to Milwaukee last year with the severed head of Pao Hang in the trunk of a car.

Thao remains behind bars in Marathon County on a $1,000,000 cash bond.

He's charged with 1st degree intentional homicide, hiding a corpse, and possession a firearm; which is illegal because he is felon. Thao also entered a not guilty plea to the charges on Monday.

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UPDATE: Mon 11:38 AM, Mar 10, 2014

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) -- Attorneys are meeting to determine whether a Wisconsin man is mentally competent to stand trial on charges of fatally shooting and dismembering a Minnesota man.

Kou Thao has been examined three times by doctors from the Wisconsin Department of Health and Human Services at the request of defense attorneys. Marathon County Circuit Judge Mike Moran says there likely won't be a fourth exam because state law limits the amount of time the court can spend assessing a defendant's competency.

The Daily Herald Media says attorneys have not indicated why doctors have been unable to come to a conclusion about Thao's competency. Lawyers are meeting Monday to discuss the issue.

The 26-year-old Thao is accused of shooting and dismembering 58-year-old Tong Pao Hang and taking the body parts to Milwaukee last spring.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, 11:22 AM, January 29, 2014

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.
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UPDATE: Tues 11:19 AM, Sept 3, 2013

A mental competency exam will be done on the man accused of the murder and dismemberment of a Minnesota man in Wausau.

A Marathon County Courthouse spokesperson said Judge Michael Moran ordered it after a request from the attorney for Kou Thao, 26.

Prosecutors say Thao drove from Wausau to Milwaukee in April with the severed head of Tong Pao Hang, 58, in the trunk of a car.

Investigators believe Thao may have been killed April 17 at a home on Chicago Avenue in Wausau. Other body parts were found in the basement of a Milwaukee home where the car was located.

Thao will return to court on Sept. 13.

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UPDATE: 4/22 at 2:39 p.m.

Kou Thao, 26, remains behind bars in Marathon County on a $1,000,000 cash bond.

He's charged with 1st degree intentional homicide, hiding a corpse, and possession a firearm; which is illegal because he is felon.

Thao is the suspect in the disappearance and murder of Tong Pao Hang, 58. Hang was last seen April 7 in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Hang was believed to have been visiting family in Wausau.

Hang's body was found in the basement of a Milwaukee home. According to the criminal complaint, items of interest were also located in Thao's car.

Investigators believe Hang was killed in Wausau, that's why charges were filed in Marathon County.

Thao will return to court May 1 for a preliminary hearing. That's when a judge will determine if there is enough evidence for his case to head to trial.
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UPDATE: 4/19 at 3 p.m.

Wausau Police Captain Bryan Hilts said in a press conference Friday, that he believes Tong Pao Hang is deceased.

The suspect, Kou Thao, is being held in Milwaukee county but is expected to be transported back to Marathon county Friday night.

Thao's girlfriend is no longer in custody, however a name is not being released at this time.

Charges are expected to be filed on Monday, April 22nd.

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ORIGINAL STORY: 4/19 at 1: 57 p.m.

Wausau police say one man is missing and another is in custody in a case that's being investigated as a homicide.

In a press release, police say the family of Tong Pao Hang of St. Paul, MN called on April 8 to tell them he was last seen the day before. They say there were no concerns expressed for his safety or well-being shared with them at that time.

Four days later, the family called again.

While conducting follow-up interviews, investigators were told of gunshots that occurred in the basement of a house at 402 Chicago, Ave. in Wausau on April 17.

Wausau police called in the state crime lab after they found what appeared to be blood in the basement at that address.

They also learned of a suspect, 26-year-old Kou Thao of Wausau. He and his girlfriend were taken into custody in Milwaukee on April 18. The two had traveled there in a car that was reported stolen from Chicago Ave.

The car was recovered and officers say evidence believed to be connected to the investigation was discovered. The vehicle has been taken to the Milwaukee Police Department crime lab for further testing.

Police have scheduled a press conference for 2:30 Friday afternoon.


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