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Yankton, SD man ordered to have competency analysis before murder trial begins

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YANKTON, SD (KTIV) - UPDATE: YANKTON, South Dakota (KTIV) - A man accused of killing his uncle and leading police on a two state high speed chase appeared in court Monday.

The hearing was only to discuss who will represent 28-year-old Joshua Hudson, because he says he wants to represent himself.

The arrest of Joshua Hudson came after the body of 46-year-old Todd Hudson, his uncle, was found in a mobile home in Yankton on March 7th. 

Police found Joshua driving his uncle's pickup, and Joshua lead authorities on a high speed pursuit through South Dakota and Iowa.Authorities charged Joshua with killing Todd using a blacksmith hammer, but Joshua hasn't entered his plea of guilty or not guilty just yet.

Mr. Hudson, do you have any comments that you'd like to make, keeping in mind that you have the absolute right to remain silent?" Hon. Glen Eng, Yankton County Judge. 

"No," Joshua Hudson, Yankton, SD said.

During the hearing, Dan Fox represented Hudson, speaking on his behalf because he declined comment. 

However, Fox said he wasn't sure how the relationship with his client was going.

"He has not, up to this point, been very cooperative in speaking with me, and I assume that's because he intends to continue to want to represent himself," Dan Fox, Attorney for the Defense said.

Hudson is scheduled to reappear in court on May 12, but counsel for both the defense and the state told KTIV it's very unlikely his competency will have been assessed yet. 


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A man accused of killing his uncle and then leading police on a high speed chase through South Dakota and Iowa, wants to represent himself at trial.

28-year-old Joshua Hudson is accused of killing 46-year-old Todd Hudson with a blacksmith hammer. His body was discovered in a mobile home in Yankton, South Dakota.

In the courtroom, on Monday, Hudson was represented by Dan Fox, who told the judge that Hudson hasn't been cooperating with him. "He has not, up to this point, been very cooperative in speaking with me, and I assume that's because he intends to continue to want to represent himself," Dan Fox, Attorney for the Defense said.

Hudson hasn't entered a plea in the case yet, because he technically does not have an attorney. The court ordered Hudson be given a competency analysis to determine whether he's capable of representing himself.

He's scheduled to reappear in court May 12th. But, counsel for both sides said its likely his competency analysis won't be done for a few months putting the trial off even further.
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