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Determining competency in the court room

Door County Circuit Court Judge David Weber says a lot of factors come into play when determining if a person is fit for trial. Earlier this week, Judge Weber declared Sturgeon Bay resident Duryea Johnson not competent to stand trial for his alleged sex crimes. The decision is a judicial one and is based on whether or not the defendant understands the charges against them, the proceedings taking place, and if they can help in their defense. The determination is often aided with the help of a report done by a psychiatrist. Judge Weber says it is important to not confuse competency with mental illness.

Johnson will be committed to a state mental health facility for up to a year with a status update coming in December.

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