DARLINGTON — Before the Nov. 13 preliminary hearing for Armin and Jeremy Wand on first-degree intentional homicide, attempted first-degree intentional homicide and arson charges, prosecutors and the Wands’ public defenders have three Lafayette County Circuit Court hearings planned.
The Wands are accused in the deaths of Armin Wand’s three sons — Allen, 7, Jeffrey, 5, and Joseph, 3 — as well as injuries to Armin Wand’s wife, Sharon, and their daughter, Jessica, 2, in an Argyle house fire Sept. 7.
Two hearings were held Tuesday. The first, Tuesday morning, was on a subpoena for Village of Argyle municipal utility records for the Wands’ house.
In the second, Tuesday afternoon, Circuit Judge William Johnston granted a motion by Jeremy Wand’s attorney, Frank Medina, for an examination to determine if Jeremy Wand is competent to stand trial.
A hearing following the examination by the state Department of Health Services will be held Nov. 1 at 9 a.m.
Before that, two hearings are scheduled for next week. The first, Monday at 11 a.m., is on the return of Jeremy Wand’s Argyle School District student records, including behavioral records. The state was granted access to those records following a court hearing Oct. 2.
The second hearing, Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 1:30 p.m., will be on a motion by the state to allow an attorney who drew up a will for Armin and Sharon Wand to waive his attorney–client privilege.
According to court documents, attorney Scott Thompson of Kittelsen, Barry, Wellington, Thompson and Schluesche in Monroe was hired by the Wands to create a will for the Wands about a month before the fatal house fire.
The state is seeking an order to allow Thompson to waive his attorney–client privilege and speak to investigators “in regard to his joint representation” of the Wands.
According to the state motion, Sharon Wand’s parents, Jeff and Sharmaine Peterson of Necedah, have agreed to waive their daughter’s attorney–client privilege.
Armin Wand’s attorney, Guy Taylor, filed papers opposing the waiving of Thompson’s attorney–client privilege.
Armin and Jeremy Wand each face three counts of first-degree intentional homicide, two counts of attempted first-degree intentional homicide, and an arson charge. Armin Wand faces an additional attempted first-degree intentional homicide charge.
The Wands are in the Lafayette County Jail in lieu of bail of $1.4 million for Armin Wand and $1.2 million for Jeremy Wand. The Wands’ preliminary hearing will be held Nov. 13 at 8:30 a.m.
The intentional homicide charges carry a maximum sentence of life in prison. The attempted homicide charges carry a maximum sentence of 60 years in prison. The arson charge has a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison and a $100,000 fine.