Matthew Beyer, Outagamie County Jail photo

APPLETON — The trial for a father charged with killing his two children in Kaukauna has been scheduled to begin in September 2022.

An Outagamie County judge set the date during a court hearing Monday after ruling that Matthew Beyer was competent to stand trial, according to online court records.

Beyer, 37, is charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide in the deaths of his two children, 5-year-old William Beyer and 3-year-old Danielle Beyer, who were found dead by police on Feb. 17, 2020, in the upper level of a Crooks Avenue duplex in Kaukauna.

Beyer’s attorney in September asked the judge for a competency evaluation.

A pretrial conference is scheduled for Aug. 9, and a 10-day trial is set to begin Sept. 6.

According to a criminal complaint, investigators have surveillance video of Beyer driving back and forth from Manitowoc to the Kaukauna duplex in his minivan, several hours before the children were found dead.

Beyer was arrested June 5, after a nearly four-month investigation.

Beyer, who has pleaded not guilty, is being held on a $2.5 million cash bond.


Previously: Beyer children remembered for curiosity, sense of adventure

Previously: Kaukauna comes together at vigil to honor Will and Dani Beyer

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By Dan Plutchak

Dan Plutchak, born and raised in Kaukauna, is cofounder of Kaukauna Community News.