Jurors found a 48-year-old man guilty of all 14 charges for a deadly standoff in downtown Neenah.
Now that Brian Flatoff was convicted, there will be a second phase of the trial to determine if he was mentally competent at the time. That’s because he entered an insanity plea.
Flatoff’s attorney, Ben Szilagyi, rested the defense’s case this morning, one day after taking over. Flatoff had been representing himself.
During closing arguments, Szilagyi conceded that Flatoff was guilty of all but two of the charges. He says the two counts are felony murder, for the death of hostage Michael Funk, and conspiracy to commit murder. Prosecutors say he wanted to kill the owner of a motorcycle.
Prosecutors say Flatoff was trying to get a motorcycle at Eagle Nation Cycles in December of 2015, when he took people hostage. Two Neenah police officers shot and killed Funk, following a shootout inside. Funk had a gun when he ran out of the building.
The jury will return on Monday to start the second phase.