Michael Burroughs incompetent for trial

Michael Burroughs, the boyfriend of Shannon Fischer who disappeared in December 2006, has been declared incompetent to stand trial in Shannon’s murder. The case had been a complete mystery until last October, when Burroughs walked into the police station and confessed to the homicide. Shannon’s body apparently ended up in a landfill, which means that after all this time it’s probably not recoverable.

Burroughs is apparently delusional and possibly psychotic, but the shrinks think medication will make him better again. He will be treated in the state hospital and get examined every three months to see if he’s competent. Apparently this can’t last longer than a year — I’m not sure what happens after that, do they drop the charges or what?

The Dubuque Telegraph Herald
The La Crosse Tribune
The La Crosse Tribune again

More details on Shannon Fischer murder case

This is three weeks old but I just found it: it has come out that Michael Burroughs, the man who confessed to murdering Shannon Fischer, was paranoid and thought he was being poisoned at the time he made his confession. They’re going to investigate his competency, but he might use the insanity defense.

Whatever Burroughs’s current mental state, no one is disputing the facts of the case, that he strangled Shannon and disposed of her body. He is facing charges of first-degree reckless homicide and hiding a corpse.