SAWYER COUNTY -- The Court has ordered that a competency examination be conducted for a man who is facing charges of homicide and attempted homicide following an incident that occurred in Sawyer County on May 23, 2020 that resulted in the death of one man. previously published a press release from the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office regarding the incident that was reported shortly before 1p on May 23, 2020. Sawyer County Sheriff’s Deputies, Sawyer County Ambulance EMT’s/Paramedic, LCO Police Department, and Wisconsin DNR responded to the scene.

Sawyer County Dispatch received a 911 call from a male who stated that the “threat had been neutralized, his father was dead, his mother was stabbed in the neck but was talking, and that he would answer questions when deputies arrived on Scene”, according to a criminal complaint filed in Sawyer County Circuit Court against Farnsworth.

When the authorities arrived, a man, later identified as Peter Farnsworth of Rocky Ford, Colorado, was standing in the doorway of the residence. Deputies could see blood on the left side of Farnsworth’s face, right hand, down both legs, and on his shoes. As Farnsworth was taken into custody he told Deputies that they needed to go inside the residence because his mother was injured.


Deputies found a female inside the residence, on the floor with severe injuries to her facial area and neck and with blood spatter all around her. She was conscious and identified herself to the Deputies.

The female victim advised Deputies that Farnsworth was her son. She went on to say that during a discussion with his father, Farnsworth became upset with his father for not responding to a question, and then attacked his father with a knife. After attacking his father, Farnsworth then attacked his mother, knocking her unconscious, according to the criminal complaint.

In the next room, Deputies found a deceased male, with a large pool of blood around him. A large kitchen knife covered in blood was found on the kitchen table, according to the criminal complaint.

The female sustained injuries including a brain bleed that did not require surgery, a fractured left eye socket which later required surgery, one stab wound to the neck requiring four stitches to close, two face lacerations one of which required three stitches to close and the other requiring glue to close. She was placed on a ventilator. The current condition of the female victim is not known to at this time.

Results of the post mortem examination conducted on the deceased male revealed blunt force injuries to his face, with fractures of the facial bones, sharp force injuries around the neck region including a stab wound that incised the right internal jugular vein, and wounds on each of his hands. The medical examiner’s report listed the manner of death as homicide.

Farnsworth was taken to Hayward Area Memorial Hospital to be medically cleared and Deputies obtained DNA samples from various blood smears on Farnsworth’s person.

While at the hospital, Farnsworth stated that he wanted federal law enforcement officers notified of what happened because he believed that the weed and meth he had used in Colorado was poisoned. Farnsworth also stated, "Why would they give me this order?"

A bail bond hearing was held for Peter on May 27, 2020 and the Hon. John Yackel placed him on a $5,000,000 cash bail bond.

Charges of Class A Felony First Degree Intentional Homicide, Class B Felony Attempt First Degree Intentional Homicide, and Class E Felony Aggravated Battery have been filed against Farnsworth.

At a hearing on June 4, Judge Yackel ordered that Peter undergo a competency examination; a decision which Farnsworth objected to.

He remains in custody at the time of this post and is scheduled to appear in court again in June 2020.

Pursuant to the direction of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, as found in Supreme Court Rule 20:3.6, Trial Publicly, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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Last Update: Jun 18, 2020 9:34 am CDT

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