A man accused of fatally stabbing a man in his Stoughton home last November was ruled competent to stand trial Monday after his defense attorney asked for a competency evaluation.
Defense attorneys for Ted J. Bruno, 49, had asked for an evaluation last month to determine whether Bruno was able to assist in the defense of charges of first-degree intentional homicide. Bruno was charged Nov. 30 in the stabbing death of Kim M. Gaida, 46.
At a Dane County Circuit Court hearing Monday, prosecutors, his defense attorney and Bruno — who was wheeled into the courtroom in a restraint chair — all agreed with the finding of a psychiatrist, Dr. Brad E.R. Smith, that Bruno was competent to stand trial.
Bruno also waived his right to a preliminary hearing, in which a judge would have determined whether the state has enough evidence to show that a felony was probably committed by Bruno.
According to a criminal complaint, Bruno stabbed Gaida 11 times — seven times in the front of his body, three times in the back and once in the neck — in his home on Felland Street on Nov. 27, where Bruno had been renting a room since Nov. 1.
The Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office said Gaida died from a stab wound to the heart, the criminal complaint states.
Bruno told police that he stabbed Gaida in retaliation after Gaida waved some papers in his face, hit him in the eye with the papers and said, “I’m going to kill you” before striking his abdomen with a knife, according to the criminal complaint. Bruno then allegedly grabbed a knife, pinned Gaida’s knife-wielding hand against a wall and stabbed Gaida several times.
Bruno allegedly continued stabbing Gaida after he fell to the floor. After leaving the room and returning, Bruno stabbed Gaida in the neck, leaving a broken knife lodged in his neck, according to the criminal complaint.
Bruno remains in the Dane County Jail after bail was set at $1 million when he was charged.