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Man in La Crosse attempted murder charge seeks another competency review, also wants to wear street clothes, not orange prison uniform



Another competency hearing will be scheduled for Freeman Cole, in a La Crosse attempted murder case.


The 43-year-old is now contesting results of a competency evaluation, which he had agreed with last month.

Cole is withdrawing the agreement that he is able to be tried for allegedly attacking a woman inside a storage unit last October, after which he fled to Florida.

A new evaluation is planned within the next two months.

Cole appeared in court twice Tuesday. During the other hearing, he unsuccessfully argued that he should be allowed to wear street clothes during court hearings, instead of an orange jail uniform.

Judge Mark Huesmann turned down the motion from Cole.

A defense attorney argued that if Cole is seen wearing an orange uniform in media stories about the case, or wearing shackles, his appearance could prejudice a jury at trial.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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