WEST ALLIS — The Jan. 30 trial of a West Allis man accused of murdering a neighbor and then of killing an Illinois woman in a drive-by shooting on Interstate 90/94 in Sauk County has been postponed to May 15 so that an additional psychological evaluation can be made.
The defendant, Zachary Tyler Hays, 21, is charged with first degree reckless homicide in the killing of the neighbor, and first-degree recklessly endangering safety for menacing the neighbor's wife and children. Hays faces additional charges in Sauk County in the drive-by killing.
Both murders happened Sunday, May 1.
Hays pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect to all the charges.
A court-appointed psychiatrist and a psychiatrist for the defense have both submitted their mental evaluations of Hays. However, the court postponed the trial so that the psychiatrist appointed by Sauk County in its case could also evaluate him. That was to happen this week, with a report expected in two weeks.
The mental evaluation is to be considered during the Feb. 27 pre-trial conference.
According to the Milwaukee County criminal complaint, Hays pushed his way into the apartment of the Gabriel Claudio-Sanchez family at 2390 S. 92nd St., about 6:30 a.m., demanding to know where his brother was. Sanchez and his wife tried to push the apartment door closed but Hays is accused of firing a pistol at Sanchez through the door, hitting him in the chest.
Hays is then accused of pointing the gun at the woman and the couple's two sons as they hid in the bathroom, the complaint says. He left without harming them.
Later that day, he is accused of firing a gun at two cars traveling south on I-90/94 south of the Wisconsin Dells. Authorities said three bullets hit a BMW, fatally wounding Tracy Czaczkowski, 44, who was riding in the car with her husband and children. A Nissan driven by a Florida woman, was hit once but the driver was not injured, said Elise Schaffer, the Dane County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman.
In Sauk County, Hays is charged with first-degree reckless homicide and three counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety. No trial date has been set.