WASHBURN COUNTY -- The Court has made a finding of incompetence for the man charged with the homicide of Troy Sweep in the Spooner Mobile Home Park death case from July 2019.

A competency hearing was held on November 10 regarding the case filed against Joseph J. Rogers, charging him with the homicide of Troy Sweep. Online circuit court records show that Rogers did not appear for the hearing, and the Court was advised by the Washburn County Jail that Rogers has declined to have an attorney.

The Hon. Steven Anderson, presiding over the matter, also heard testimony from a Doctor who submitted a competency report on Rogers. Judge Anderson found that Rogers waived his right to an attorney. Based on the Doctor’s report and testimony, Judge Anderson found that Rogers is not competent to proceed on his criminal charges at this time and that he shall be committed. Online circuit court records did not specify the length of the term of commitment ordered for Rogers.

In October 2019, DrydenWire.com reported that on the morning of July 16, 2019, Troy Sweep was found deceased at his residence on Norway Drive in the City of Spooner, WI. According to a criminal complaint filed in Washburn County Circuit Court, Joseph J. Rogers was identified as the person responsible for Sweep’s death.

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 gave at least 8 different versions of what happened on the night that Sweep died, according to the criminal complaint filed against him.

Evidence found at 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 September 2020, an Eau Claire County Circuit Court Judge also found Rogers’ not competent to stand trial on criminal charges including Identity Theft, Operating While Intoxicated, and Bail Jumping that he faces there in multiple cases 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 length of his term of commitment is not specified in online court records.

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