WASHBURN COUNTY -- The Court has found that the man charged with the July 2019 stabbing death of Troy Sweep in a Spooner, WI mobile home park has regained competency.

DrydenWire reported previously that Joseph Rogers was being held on a $1,000,000 cash bond on a felony charge of Class A Felony First Degree Intentional Homicide for allegedly causing the death of Troy Sweep in a stabbing incident that occurred in a Spooner, WI mobile home park in July 2019.

The cause of Sweep’s death was determined to be “exsanguination due to multiple sharp force injuries to the neck area” according to an autopsy report from the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office in St. Paul, MN.

An individual who lived nearby spoke with law enforcement during the investigation into Sweep’s death and said that Rogers had come to their home that night intoxicated, wearing wet clothing, and saying that he had accidentally entered Sweep’s home. While there, Rogers’ wanted to wash his clothes and take a shower. Additional information collected by law enforcement resulted in identifying Rogers as the suspect in Sweep’s death.

Rogers was located on the evening of July 16, 2019, after Law Enforcement received a report of a ‘suspicious man’. The man was found, identified to be Rogers’ and taken into custody for a probation violation for possessing alcohol, and for disorderly conduct at the residence. When interviewed by law enforcement Rogers allegedly gave several different versions of what happened on the night that Sweep died.

Evidence collected by law enforcement from Sweep’s residence was submitted to the Wisconsin State Crime Lab for DNA analysis. Rogers’ DNA was located on a knife found next to the kitchen sink inside Sweep’s residence, according to the criminal complaint filed against him.

In November 2020, DrydenWire reported that the Court had found Joseph Rogers not competent to stand trial on his charges, and ordered that Rogers be committed to a mental health facility for medical treatment.

In September 2020, an Eau Claire County Circuit Court Judge also found Rogers’ not competent to stand trial on multiple criminal charges including Identity Theft, Operating While Intoxicated, and Bail Jumping filed against him in March and April of 2019, and August of 2018. The Court ordered Rogers to be committed and also ordered the involuntary administration of medication.

The Washburn County Jail Booking report confirms that Rogers has returned to the Washburn County Jail, where he remains in custody on a $1,000,000 cash bond. Rogers is scheduled to appear for court in June 2021.

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Last Update: May 25, 2021 12:13 pm CDT

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