Ralph Lang in court
Ralph Lang, left, appears in court with lawyer Gina Bosben on Friday, May 27, 2011. ED TRELEVEN - State Journal

Ralph Lang, found to be incompetent in two months ago to stand trial for allegedly plotting to kill a Planned Parenthood doctor in Madison, was declared competent on Thursday.

Lang, 64, of Marshfield, can understand the proceedings against him and can assist in his own defense, Dr. Laurence Trueman of the Mendota Mental Health Institution testified Thursday.

Now more than 13 months beyond his arrest, Lang was scheduled for a preliminary hearing, to take place on Aug 3 before Dane County Circuit Judge David Flanagan.

Lang was arrested on May 25, 2011, after accidentally firing a gun in his motel room, then telling police that he planned to kill an abortion doctor at Planned Parenthood. He is charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide.

Lang is also charged in U.S. District Court with attempting to injure, intimidate and interfere with persons participating in a program and activity receiving federal financial assistance. He faces a competency hearing in federal court on July 20.

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