Hate Crime Suspect Pleads Not Guilty By Mental Disease

The man who allegedly intentionally struck a motorcyclist with his vehicle on July 3, 2020 has entered a plea of not guilty by mental disease Friday, July 29, 2022.

Daniel D Navarro is being charged with First Degree Intentional Homicide as a hate crime after he drove his vehicle into a motorcycle being driven by 55-year-old Phillip A. Thiessen, of Fond du Lac, as they were both driving on Winnebago Drive, near State Highway 151 in Fond du Lac, Wis.

Navarro told investigators that he wanted to kill a white person and believed a white person would likely be riding a Harley Davidson style motorcycle like Thiessen was riding. Navarro claimed he was being poisoned by co-workers and neighbors, and that white people make racist comments to him because he’s Hispanic. He stated that all of the people who cause him problems in his life are white.

Navarro’s jury trial is scheduled to start on August 8 at 8:30 a.m. in a Fond du Lac circuit court room. The trial is expected to last eight days.