Ashley Luthern , Milwaukee Journal Sentinel — A 40-year-old Milwaukee man accused of killing three of his neighbors has become competent for trial and his evolving symptoms during treatment indicate he has been faking recent mental health problems, according to a court-ordered doctor’s report.
Dan Popp was charged in March with three counts of first-degree intentional homicide in the fatal shootings of Phia and Mai Vue, a Hmong couple, and their neighbor, Jesus Manso-Perez. Popp also faces one count of first-degree attempted homicide for shooting at, but not hitting, Manso-Perez’s son.
Family members of the victims have called for Popp, who is white, to face hate crime charges based on statements overheard by witnesses at the Milwaukee apartment. Manso-Perez’s son told police he and his and father had a brief conversation with Popp before the shooting.
According to a criminal complaint, Popp said: “Oh, that’s why you don’t speak English. You’re Puerto Rican,” and then, before pulling the trigger, said, “You guys got to go.”
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