Inmate found competent to stand trial after naked appearance in courtroom

September 15, 2018

JUNEAU — A 29-year-old inmate was found competent to stand trial on Friday despite some unusual antics in Dodge County courtrooms over recent months.

Ryan J. Denning is charged with battery by prisoner, repeater, and three counts of prisoner throwing or expelling bodily fluids, repeater.

Denning appeared via video from a holding cell in the Dodge County Courthouse on Friday and appeared before Dodge County Circuit Court Judge Joseph Sciascia. Sciascia found that Denning did not lack competency.

Denning didn’t even make it into the courtroom before causing an issue April 19. According to the criminal complaint, Denning purposefully struck his attorney in the face with the top of his head when the attorney entered Denning’s holding cell in the Dodge County Courthouse. The attorney believed that it caused him to have a tooth loose from the incident and withdrew from Denning’s case.

Denning also was allegedly disruptive in the courtroom April 19 and as he was being removed from the courtroom, he lunged toward and kicked a sheriff’s lieutenant, then kicked a bailiff and a public defender.

The competency hearing was scheduled on June 6 after Denning appeared over the judicial video system naked while making an initial appearance on assault charges in the alleged attack on his attorney.

Denning is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Oct. 4.

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