Competency ordered for Madison man charged in elderly neighbor's death

MADISON (WKOW) -- A Dane County judge has ordered a competency evaluation for the Madison man accused of killing an 81-year-old neighbor in May.

Saynit Keokanya, 38, appeared virtually in court Thursday morning for a preliminary hearing. A Hmong translator was used to help him better understand the discussion.

His defense lawyer requested a competency evaluation and the judge allowed it.

Keokanya ischarged with first-degree intentional homicidein the death of 81-year-old Nang Yee Lee. Lee was found in his apartment, critically injured. He died at the hospital three days later.

Keokanya is scheduled to appear in court for a competency hearing July 28 at 8 a.m.

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