April 19, 2005
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MENTAL DEFECT IS PLEA IN CHURCH ARSON CONNELL ORDERED TO STAND TRIAL IN THE BURNING OF ST. RAPHAEL CATHEDRAL.
Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, WI); 4/16/2005; Schuetz, Lisa
William "Billy" Connell pleaded not guilty by reason of mental defect or disease Friday to setting the fire that destroyed a historic Downtown Madison cathedral.
Dane County Circuit Judge Moria Krueger ordered him to stand trial.
Connell, 41, broke into St. Raphael Cathedral early on March 14, drank some wine and "messed around with some stuff," Madison Police Officer Mindy Winter testified he told her March 15 at Woodman's grocery store.
According to a competency evaluation performed by psychologist Patricia Coffey, Connell has a long history of mental illness including paranoia and mood instability. Coffey said he has been hospitalized for psychotic symptoms and has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and schizoaffective disorder.
The competency report was requested by Court Commissioner Todd Meurer and was presented to Krueger last week when she found that Connell was competent to stand trail.
In the report Coffey indicates that Connell frequently expressed worries that people were following him and would burst into loud laughter. At times, he indicated that he believed Coffey was really his male friend dressed as a woman.
"He has a transient existence and is chronically homeless, unemployed and inconsistent regarding his treatment needs," Coffey said in her report. "... Mr. Connell is suffering from a major mental illness."
However, he is able to understand the allegations, that he must work with an attorney and how he must behave in court, Coffey said.
"Mr. Connell is delusional, but these delusions are not affecting his ability to participate in the legal process in a rational manner at this point," she said.
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