Friese Competent to Stand Trial in Stabbing of His Mother
ST. CLOUD -- A St. Cloud man has been found competent to stand trial in the murder of his mother, just months after he was found incompetent.
Fifty-three-year-old Dean Friese has undergone a handful mental competency examinations with mixed results. In his latest ruling, Stearns County Judge Frank Kundrat accepted a psychologist's findings that Friese can understand the trial process and work with his lawyers.
Friese is charged with first-degree premeditated murder and second degree murder in the stabbing death of 72-year-old Lois Omeara. Friese is accused of fatally stabbing her at his St. Cloud apartment in September 2013.
Friese and Omeara lived in the same apartment building along 33rd Avenue North in St. Cloud, but lived in separate units. According to the criminal complaint, Friese pulled the medical alarm in his apartment knowing his mother would respond. Friese then told investigators he grabbed a large kitchen knife and stabbed her when she entered the apartment.
Court records show Friese has a history of mental illness that includes multiple civil commitments.
Friese has a court hearing scheduled for October 6th.