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posted: 9/11/2012 8:44 AM

Father of murder defendant retires as judge

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Associated Press

MILWAUKEE -- A Milwaukee County judge whose son has been charged with homicide has decided to retire.

In a letter to Gov. Scott Walker, Judge Thomas Donegan said his retirement would be effective at the end of November. He did not mention his son's legal troubles in his letter.

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Thirty-two-year-old James Donegan is charged with first-degree intentional homicide and armed robbery. Prosecutors say he strangled and stabbed Teresa Boone in a Milwaukee park earlier this month.

Judge Donegan told WITI-TV his son is suffering from mental illness. A public defender has asked a judge to order a mental competency exam for the defendant.

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