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COPY-UPDATE: Lafayette County triple homicide suspect pleads not guilty

UPDATE (WKOW) --- Lafayette County triple homicide suspect, Jaren Kuester, pleads not guilty to all three homicide charges, along with two other charges.

During the arraignment, Kuester did speak out wanting to plead guilty, but his attorney spoke saying they would stand mute.

After a short discussion in the courtroom, they did decide to stand mute.

Jennifer Kliese was there and will have more on this story on 27 News at 5 & 6.


LAFAYETTE COUNTY (WKOW) – The man accused of killing three members of a family in Lafayette County is expected to be in court on Monday.

Jaren Kuester is charged with five felonies, including first-degree intentional homicide.  Kuester is accused of killing Gary Thoreson, his wife, Chloe Thoreson and brother, Dean Thoreson in April at the couple's farmhouse in Wiota.

Guy Taylor, Kuester's attorney, said the 31-year-old defendant is competent for trial, but unable to distinguish reality from delusions about what happened the day the Thoresons were killed.

Prosecutors say Kuester drove from Waukesha to Green County on April 26, abandoned his SUV, took off his clothes and ran through the woods.  When he emerged from the woods in Lafayette County, he broke into the Thoresons' home.

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