Attorney for barber accused of killing man who didn't pay for haircut asks for competency hearing – Journal Times

Tamir Williams, 33, was in court on Wednesday with his attorney Gregory Holdahl, of the State Office of the Public Defender. Holdahl requested a competency hearing for his client. 
RACINE — A barber accused of shooting a 21-year-old man, allegedly because he did not pay for a haircut, was in court on Wednesday where his attorney asked for a competency hearing before the case proceeded.
Tamir Lenard Williams, 33, is charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the shooting death of Andre Sandoval.
Williams was in Racine County Circuit Court for a preliminary hearing. There, Gregory Holdahl of the state Office of the Public Defender called for a competency hearing. That hearing is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Oct. 5 before Judge Robert Repischak.
The process of determining competency will establish whether the defendant is able to understand the proceedings, if he is able to assist in his own defense, and if he understands the charges he is facing.
Williams was arrested Aug. 28 in Mount Pleasant, the day of Sandoval’s death.
According to an investigator’s report, Williams admitted to the killing, “was unemotional and showed no remorse for the shooting” during an interview. Video at the scene shows him surrendering to police.
The criminal complaint states that Williams told investigators Sandoval had refused to pay for his haircut at Angel’s Beauty Salon, 2221 Durand Ave., Mount Pleasant.
After Sandoval left the salon, Williams followed, carrying a backpack with a handgun inside it — even though Williams isn’t legally allowed to possess a firearm, due to a court-ordered harassment injunction in effect against him, according to law enforcement. Williams then allegedly shot Sandoval in the back of the head.
First responders attempted life-saving measures, but Sandoval was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police said that Williams claimed he feared Sandoval meant to do him harm even though Sandoval left the building without violence; when police asked him why he felt “threatened,” Williams allegedly “did not respond.”
Multiple witnesses identified Williams as an employee at the salon, identified him as the shooter and confirmed that Sandoval had been a customer at the salon moments before being killed, according to the criminal complaint.
Williams remains in custody at the Racine County Jail. His bail is set at $100,285.
An icon of the Virgin Mary and a rosary rest over a photograph of Andre Sandoval at a vigil honoring his memory on Wednesday.
Family members comfort each other during Wednesday’s vigil.
Sandoval was very involved in the Catholic community of Racine. Many prayers were said during Wednesday’s vigil, including the rosary.
Family members comfort each other during Wednesday’s vigil for Andre Sandoval, who was fatally shot on Saturday afternoon.
Sandoval’s family is reflected in one of the balloons during the vigil Wednesday night.
Family, friends and community members gathered Wednesday night to remember Andre Sandoval, who was killed Saturday.
Family, friends and community members gathered Wednesday night to remember Sandoval, who was killed Saturday.
Family, friends and community members gathered Wednesday night to remember Sandoval, who was killed Saturday.
Family, friends and community members gathered Wednesday night to remember Sandoval, who was killed Saturday.
Family, friends and community members gathered Wednesday night to remember Andre Sandoval outside Angel’s Beauty Salon on Durand Avenue in Mount Pleasant. It was outside that salon where Sandoval was shot and killed.
Family, friends and community members honored Andre Sandoval Wednesday with music and prayers.
Family, friends and community members gathered Wednesday night to remember Sandoval, who was killed Saturday.
Family, friends and community members gathered Wednesday night to remember Sandoval, who was killed Saturday.
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Tamir Williams, 33, was in court on Wednesday with his attorney Gregory Holdahl, of the State Office of the Public Defender. Holdahl requested a competency hearing for his client. 
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