Nekoosa teen to be retried in NGI portion of 2015 homicide case

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WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (WSAW) -- A 21-year-old Nekoosa man convicted in the 2015 death of his girlfriend's mother will be re-sentenced in the not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect phase of his case.

Miguel Oertel was convicted at trial in 2016 of first degree reckless homicide in the death of Theresa Coates, 47.

On Aug. 17, 2015, deputies were searching for the reportedly suicidal teen when they got a call reporting two people had been shot at a home in Saratoga.

Investigators say Oertel was trying to shoot himself, when Coates grabbed the end of his gun. She was fatally wounded. He then turned the gun on himself.

Last March the court had granted Oertel a re-trial.

Oertel’s attorney, Stephen Sawyer tells NewsChannel 7 a new psychologist had evaluated Oertel and found him to be NGI. “The original psychologist hired by the court to conduct an NGI evaluation had found Mr. Oertel not to be NGI. Therefore, we now have two experts with differing opinions,” Sawyer explained.

A plea hearing has been scheduled for Feb. 4.