Man charged with attempted homicide remains free as lack of competency confirmed

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MADISON (WKOW) – A Sun Prairie man charged with attempted first degree intentional homicide in the stabbings of two people remains free after a judge Friday declined to change a ruling on his mental health status.

“I do not find new information upon which another competency evaluation should be done,”  Dane County Judge Ellen Berz says.

Earlier this year, prosecutors joined Campa Gomez’s attorney in stipulating that Campa Gomez was not competent to stand trial.  They relied on a psychologist’s opinion after Campa Gomez was evaluated over a period of days.

But in June, a proposed emergency detention of Campa Gomez was dismissed after a psychiatrist found Campa Gomez to have no significant mental illness.

“He looked at that time like he did not have a major mental illness that would warrant a mental health commitment,”  Dr. Philip Lomas testified Friday.

But Lomas also testified if he had been privy to the reports of the psychologist and two others who had also examined Campa Gomez previously and agreed he was not competent to stand trial, he would have done additional testing on Campa Gomez to determine if the potentially unsupervised release into the community would have been appropriate.

“I am shocked that he was not given all of these reports,”  Berz says.

“He didn’t request them at the time,”  Assistant Dane County District Attorney Galen Stroebe tells 27 News.

Berz has ordered Campa Gomez have no contact with the victims, and barred him from a portion of Sun Prairie.

Victim Letty Melchor’s sister, Lydia Valdez tells 27 News the restraining order fails to reassure Melchor.  “She’s in fear,”  Valdez says.

“It’s not just what happened to my sister, it’s what can happen to anybody else that’s out there now,”  Valdez tells 27 News.

Prosecutors say Campa Gomez stabbed Melchor and a man in September 2016 after a brief argument.

Judge finds no grounds to reopen question of Campa Gomez’s competency #WKOW

Dan Plutchak

Dan Plutchak

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