Whitewater man pleads not guilty to causing mistrial for court outbursts

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Jonah Beleckis | September 19, 2017

ELKHORN—A Whitewater man has pleaded not guilty to charges he caused a mistrial after expletive-laden outbursts in court reportedly prompted Walworth County sheriff's deputies to shoot him twice with a Taser.

Jeffrey S. McKenzie, 40, is charged with misdemeanors resisting an officer and disorderly conduct for his alleged court disruptions while on trial for domestic violence charges.

In a letter to The Gazette, McKenzie's parents said their son played football for Whitewater High School and UW-Whitewater and likely suffers lasting impacts from repeated concussions.

Since then, McKenzie has been deemed competent to proceed with court matters. He pleaded not guilty Sept. 8 to the two misdemeanors and two counts of felony bail jumping, court records show.

McKenzie is next due in court at 1:15 p.m. Nov. 9 for a status conference.

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