Prestage homicide case not terminated

Lukouxs Brown

CLARION — A Wright County judge has ordered that the criminal proceedings against a murder defendant remain suspended, but not yet terminated as the state seeks a second opinion on the defendant’s ability to be restored to competency to stand trial.

Lukouxs Alan Brown, 27, is charged with first-degree murder for the Feb. 16, 2021, murder of Wayne Smith, 50, in the employee locker room at Prestage Foods of Iowa outside Eagle Grove.

Brown has spent much of the last year at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center (Oakdale) for competency restoration treatment after he was deemed incompetent to stand trial in April 2021.

The most recent report from the treating psychiatrist at the IMCC on Jan. 31. Stated that “the defendant is not competent to stand trial and (after extended restoration treatment efforts) is not a candidate for continued restoration,” according to a motion filed by the defense.

The motion requests that the court terminate the restoration commitment order because of evidence that “there is no substantial probability that the defendant’s competency will be restored in a reasonable amount of time.”

Following a hearing on Friday morning, Wright County District Court Judge Gregg Rosenbladt issued an order granting the state’s motion for a second opinion, and keeping the proceedings suspended, but not terminated.


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