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Wausau arson defendant pleads not guilty by mental disease or defect
WAUSAU - A Wausau man accused of burning down two businesses pleaded not guilty by mental disease or defect in court Wednesday.

Azeez Hakeem, 32, faces two felonies and four misdemeanors in the arson case.

Wausau police say Hakeem admitted to officers he burned down the Rainbow Coin Laundry on South 3rd Avenue on purpose in April because he got into a fight with the owner.

Hakeem was upset because the owner told him to remove clothing that had been in the business.

The fire also destroyed a flower shop.

Wednesday, a Marathon County judge assigned a specialist to examine Hakeem's claim of mental disease or defect.

Hakeem is being held on a $50,000 cash bond. He's due back in court July 25.

Story By: Lane Kimble

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