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Man accused of mother's killing ruled mentally competent

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WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) - A man accused of killing his mother with an ax has been ruled mentally competent.

Waukesha County Court Commissioner Martin Binn said Monday that his conclusion was based on a psychologist's report after examining Mark Totzke, 28, who is charged with first-degree intentional homicide.

Prosecutors said Totzke attacked his mother, Gloria Jean Totzke, 59, as she slept in their Oconomowoc home Aug. 10. The victim was a longtime teacher at St. John's Northwestern Military Academy in Delafield.

The criminal complaint said Totzke apparently decided to kill his mother while driving home from Seattle a few days earlier, and he also told police he had planned to go on a shooting spree.

But he was arrested when police went to the home responding to his call saying he had killed his mother, records showed.

The complaint quoted him as saying his mother had belittled him because he was unemployed.

The court records said Totzke's explanation for the killing included disjointed remarks and incoherent insistence that the CIA somehow figured in the slaying.

Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com

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