Parke County man deemed incompetent in beating death of his wife

A Parke County man accused of beating his wife to death has been deemed incompetent to stand trial. John Hartman appeared in Parke County Circuit Court Tuesday morning, where a judge decided he is not competent to stand trial. Instead, he’s been sent to a mental health treatment facility. Police say Hartman punched his wife, Rebecca, for more than two hours back in April. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Court documents reveal Hartman even made the 911 call himself admitting to killing Rebecca.

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