Man pleads not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect to Manitowoc murders

MANITOWOC COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) - A man charged with the murders of a Manitowoc man and his daughter will undergo a competency examination.

Karl Hess appeared before a Manitowoc County Judge Wednesday and waived his right to a preliminary hearing. Hess entered pleas of not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect to two charges of 1st Degree Intentional Homicide. The court ordered Hess be examined by the Wisconsin Forensic Unit.

Hess, 35, is accused of gunning down Richard Miller, 52, and his 19-year-old daughter Jocelyn.

The Millers were found shot to death in a home at 3709 Dale St. on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018. Investigators believe the crimes were committed on the night of Friday, Sept. 7.

Police say Hess's vehicle was captured on surveillance video in the area prior to the murders.

Police interviewed Hess in March. The Appleton man told detectives that he was having "significant financial difficulties." He said he was aware that Richard Miller had a "large amount of cash" at his home.

The criminal complaint states that Karl Hess admitted to the following actions:

--Hess admitted to waiting until Richard's company that night left the Miller residence.

--Hess admitted to concealing and using a 9mm Taurus semi-automatic handgun at their residence.

--Hess admitted to entering Richard's bathroom and putting on gloves to reduce the amount of DNA.

--Hess admitted to exiting the bathroom, pointing the gun, and shooting Richard two times in the head.

--Hess admitted to hearing a noise coming from Jocelyn's bedroom and suspected she was home. Hess then entered her bedroom, saw Jocelyn hiding under the comforter and heard her crying and saying "no." Hess then told her to "be quiet" and shot her one time in the area that he thought was her head.

--Hess admitted to searching the home and finding the safe. He admitted to taking Jocelyn's cell phone. He admitted to taking Richard's wallet.

Karl Hess is being held on a $1 million cash bond. Hess is due back in court June 19 for a hearing to review the competency report.