RACINE — Whether a New Berlin man was competent when he shot and killed 42-year-old Chad Bickler and a dog at Bickler’s home on Dec. 26 was the topic of discussion in court on Friday.
During a court appearance Troy Hoffmann’s attorney, Jonathan Carver Smith, asked that a competency evaluation be ordered for his client.
Hoffmann, 40, is charged with first-degree intentional homicide with a dangerous weapon, attempted first-degree intentional homicide with a dangerous weapon and felony mistreatment of animals.
A competency hearing has been scheduled for May 4 at the Racine County Law Enforcement Center, 717 Wisconsin Ave.
Investigators say that Bickler was romantically interested in the same woman who was dating Hoffmann.
Hoffmann’s girlfriend told deputies that before the shooting, Hoffmann texted her saying he was on his way to Bickler’s residence and that he was going to kill him, the criminal complaint said.
The girlfriend went to Bickler’s house, and Hoffmann reportedly arrived at the same time. Hoffmann began arguing with his girlfriend, and the girlfriend saw that Hoffmann had a gun.
She reportedly ran away and called police, but heard several gunshots while she was talking on the phone. Hoffmann found her near where the argument occurred and allegedly began shooting at her. The girlfriend fled again.
A woman at the residence during the shooting said that she did not see the shooter, but discovered Bickler, shot, on the kitchen floor.
Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling said Hoffmann “aggressively” approached the residence in the 25700 block of West Loomis Road.
Hoffmann “smash(ed) into a vehicle that was parked in the driveway, firing multiple rounds into the home and then ultimately gaining forced entry into that home,” Schmaling previously told reporters. Hoffmann also is accused of firing more rounds at individuals in that residence and ultimately striking one of them multiple times, Schmaling said.
Deputies administered first aid and used multiple tourniquets before Wind Lake Fire Company medics transported Bickler to Ascension Southeast Wisconsin hospital in Franklin, where he was pronounced dead.
Other occupants in the residence escaped, except for a dog named Tucker, who was also reportedly shot and killed.
Hoffmannn reportedly fled the scene in a 2009 Toyota Sienna minivan. He surrendered to police on Dec. 27 in the Village of Hustisford in Dodge County.
Today's mugshots: Mar. 19
These are images of people charged with a crime in Racine County. Booking photos are provided by Racine County law enforcement officials. A defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty and convicted.
Andre D Jedkins Jr.
Andre D Jedkins Jr., 5400 block of Athens Avenue, Racine, attempt first degree intentional homicide.
James A Lipsey
James (aka Hicks) A Lipsey, 1600 block of 16th Street, Racine, manufacture/deliver cocaine (less than or equal to 1 gram, possession with intent to deliver/distribute a controlled substance on or near a school), maintaining a drug trafficking place (possession with intent to deliver/distribute a controlled substance on or near a school), manufacture/deliver cocaine (more than 1 gram but less than or equal to 5 grams, possession with intent to deliver/distribute a controlled substance on or near a school), possession of narcotic drugs, possession of a firearm by a felon, possession with intent to deliver/distribute/manufacture THC (less than or equal to 200 grams, possession with intent to deliver/distribute a controlled substance on or near a school), neglecting a child (specified harm did not occur and child under 6 years of age).
Amanda B Torrez
NO PHOTO AVAILABLE
Amanda B Torrez, Oswego, Illinois, felony retail theft (intentionally take between $500-$5,000).
Marlon G Williams
Marlon (aka DJ) G Williams, 500 block of Hubbard Street, Racine, possession of THC.
Dale M Cage
Dale M Cage, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, possession of a firearm by a felon.
Shinda N Crowell
Shinda N Crowell, 1300 block of Lathrop Avenue, Racine, possession of a firearm by a felon (firearm mandatory minimum).
Sign up for our Crime & Courts newsletter
Get the latest in local public safety news with this weekly email.