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Judge undecided in Thimm case, adult or juvenile


RHINELANDER, WI (WXPR) -  Oneida County Circuit Judge Patrick O'Melia will take some time to decide in which court a 16-year-old Rhinelander youth will face charges.

Michael Thimm was arrested in February after he allegedly stabbed his step-father and mother after a confrontation at his residence. Thimm faces attempted homicide charges. Many times young people are waived into adult court to face the most serious charges. But Thimm's defense team says he suffers from a condition that needs to be considered. Defense attorneys Mary Hogan and Mary Roth Burns provided witnesses who testified Thimm has a form of autism called Asberger's. They want him put into the juvenile justice system where they say he would get better care than in any adult facility. A psychologist, Dr. Michael Caldwell, said after interviewing Thimm he felt Thimm should go to a juvenile facility.Later, state Department of Corrections officials testified they could successfully treat Thimm.Thimm is considered innocent of all charges until a verdict is determined.

Judge O'Melia said he would review documents and make a decision later on whether Thimm should be waived into juvenile court.