SUAB HMONG NEWS (10/21/2016) – People filled Judge Jeffrey Conen’s court room in Milwaukee, Wisconsin around 8:20 a.m. on Friday, October 21, 2016. Most of the people were family members of the victims and supporters from the Hmong community.
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The hearing started after 9:00 a.m. and it last about five minutes.
Judge Jeffrey Conen said in court that the court received a report from the Doctor at Mendota Mental Health Institute on October 5, 2016 indicated that Dan Popp is competent to move forward with the trail.
Dan Popp’s attorney, Christopher Hartley, requested the judge to allow another evaluation for Dan Popp and the judge granted the requested.
There was no objection from the prosecutor.
Judge Jeffrey Conen said in court that Dan Popp stays in the Milwaukee County jail due to that Mendota Mental Health Institute is not taking Dan Popp back because he is competent.
Milwaukee Journal and Sentinel report dated October 11, 2016 indicated per the court-ordered doctor’s report that Dan Popp is competent for trail and his evolving symptoms during treatment indicate he has been faking recent mental health problems.
Inside the courtroom, one of the police officer ordered that no photos of the victims to be shown.
“This is not a sports event” said the police officer.
The police officer also ordered the children of the victims to move out from the courtroom due to their young age.
After the court hearing, the supporters from the Hmong community gathered outside the Safety Building and Mai Zong Vue, Vue family spokesperson, said thank you to all the supporters.
“Thank you everyone to come out and support the Victim families today.
Today is not what we expected. Dan Popp is competent and the Doctor also reported that he is competent but his lawyer asked for a re-evaluation and the Judge granted his lawyer requested.
I personally felt that Dan Popp is faking from the beginning” said Mai Zong Vue, Vue family spokesperson.
The next court date set to December 9, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. at Judge Jeffery Conen’s courtroom (room 502) on the Safety Building, 821 W State St., Milwaukee, Wisconsin.