WASHBURN COUNTY --  An incident in the Washburn County Jail has resulted in new charges for Joseph Rogers following his return to the jail after being found competent to proceed on charges of homicide for the 2019 death of Troy Sweep.

DrydenWire reported in May 2021, that the Court has now found Joseph Rogers to be competent to stand trial on charges of homicide for the 2019 stabbing death of Troy Sweep in a City of Spooner mobile home park.

Rogers was charged with First Degree Intentional Homicide, a Class A Felony for the death of Troy Sweep after the Wisconsin State Crime Lab forensically examined numerous pieces of evidence including a knife found at the scene on which Rogers’ DNA was located.

In November 2020, the Court ordered a term of commitment for Rogers in a State mental health institution after determining that he was not competent to proceed to trial on his charges.

A new criminal complaint has been filed against Rogers charging him with Class H Felony Battery by Prisoners; and Class H Felony Strangulation and Suffocation.

On May 24, 2021, Rogers allegedly attacked another inmate of the Washburn County Jail; striking the inmate in the head with an object, and putting the inmate into a chokehold. Rogers did not comply with Deputies commands to release the inmate, and a taser was deployed at Rogers. He ultimately did release the inmate and was placed in handcuffs. The inmate later told Deputies that the inmate felt as though they might lose consciousness during the chokehold.

An initial appearance on Rogers’ new charges is scheduled for August 2021.

Rogers remains in custody on his $1,000,000 cash bond.

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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