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By Alan J. Craver and Alan J. Craver,Staff Writer Staff writer Ivan Penn contributed to this article | November 7, 1993
A man freed from the Patuxent Institution after serving time for raping an 11-year-old girl in 1973 has pleaded not criminally responsible in the sexual assault of a Columbia woman about a month after his release.A Howard Circuit Court judge signed orders last week to have Thurman Alexander Moore undergo psychiatric evaluations after his attorneys filed a plea of not criminally responsible on his behalf.His attorneys, public defenders Carol Hanson and Avery Berdit, say in court papers that Mr. Moore is not responsible for the Aug. 31 incident because he has a mental disorder or is retarded.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | May 6, 2014
An Annapolis woman who claimed to be suffering from a "Muslim curse" has been found not criminally responsible in the death of her 2-year-old child last year. Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Ronald A. Silkworth accepted Chelsea Booth's plea of not criminally responsible for second-degree murder last Friday, according to court records. Neighbors told police in February 2013 that they hadn't seen 2-year-old Kassidey Booth with her mother, Chelsea, for a few days. When police questioned Booth, she claimed the girl was with her father, according to court records.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | April 14, 2002
A 31-year-old former homeless man pleaded guilty to murder and was referred to a state mental hospital for the killing of a 57-year-old former roommate in August 2000. Vladislav N. Filatov, who has a history of psychiatric problems, was found by Judge Clifton J. Gordy on Friday to be not criminally responsible for the stabbing death of Richard F. Kondner, an interior designer, in a condominium on East University Parkway near the Johns Hopkins University. Filatov also pleaded guilty to attempted murder for stabbing but not killing another former roommate, Michael A. Jordan.
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December 24, 2013
As a criminal defense attorney with more than 13 years experience, I feel compelled to respond to Richard E. Vatz's recent op-ed ridiculing a Texas judge who accepted the claim of a defendant in a manslaughter case that he was a victim of the wealthy surroundings he'd grown up in and therefore unable to tell right from wrong ( "'Affluenza': Just the latest way to shirk responsibility," Dec. 18). While I do not question Mr. Vatz's expertise in his chosen field of psychology, his article makes clear what is either his ignorance of the law or a willful attempt to mislead readers of The Sun regarding the meaning of a "not criminally responsible" plea.
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By Jay Apperson and Jay Apperson,Staff writer | November 22, 1991
A 19-year-old Selby man, who told police he murdered his father because he thought his father was the devil, has been declared insane.Over the past year, psychiatrists and psychologists from the CliftonT. Perkins Hospital Center have changed their minds about Robert James Smith, who today will plead guilty but not criminally responsible in the March 1990 slaying of his father.When Smith's case went to court last November, Perkins officials said he was faking his mental illness. That opinion was opposed by a psychiatrist who described Smith as an example of someone whose latent psychosis was brought out by drug use.Circuit Judge Bruce C. Williams last year ruled Smith mentally incompetent to stand trial.
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By Caitlin Francke and Caitlin Francke,SUN STAFF | August 27, 1996
The man who stabbed the daughter of state Sen. Arthur Dorman 16 times in February did not know right from wrong at the time, making him guilty of the crime but not criminally responsible, a Howard County circuit judge ruled yesterday.Gary C. Moncarz was found guilty of murdering Barbara Susan Dorman -- his girlfriend of about one year -- but Judge Dennis M. Sweeney ruled that Moncarz suffered from a severe mental illness that prevented him from understanding his actions.Moncarz, a 42-year-old former accountant, was remanded to the custody of the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene until he is deemed no longer a danger to society or to himself.
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By Johnathon E. Briggs and Johnathon E. Briggs,SUN STAFF | December 10, 2000
An Annapolis man who crashed his car in an apparent attempt to kill his wife has been found guilty - but not criminally responsible - on one count of attempted second-degree murder. Douglas D. Lund, 36, of the first block of Colonial Ave. was charged in the Sept. 7, 1999, incident in which police said he banged his wife's head into the pavement after he intentionally released her seat belt and crashed their car into a metal fence and barrier near the State House. He carried his wife, Amy, toward the College Creek Bridge and put her on the grass before flagging down a vehicle for help, police said.
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By Caitlin Francke and Caitlin Francke,SUN STAFF | August 27, 1996
The man who stabbed the daughter of state Sen. Arthur Dorman 16 times in February did not know right from wrong at the time, making him guilty of the crime but not criminally responsible, a Howard County circuit judge ruled yesterday.Gary C. Moncarz was found guilty of murdering Barbara Susan Dorman, his girlfriend of about a year, but Judge Dennis M. Sweeney ruled that Moncarz suffers from a severe mental illness that prevented him from understanding his actions.Moncarz, 42, a former accountant, was remanded to the custody of the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene until he is deemed no longer a danger to society or to himself.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | January 7, 2003
A colleague of reputed cult leader Scott Caruthers entered a guilty plea yesterday to a charge of conspiring to murder one of the group's business associates. David S. Pearl, 48, who has been jailed since his arrest in October 2001, will continue to pursue a plea that he is not criminally responsible, according to his attorney. Carroll Circuit Judge Michael M. Galloway said yesterday that he would not sentence Pearl until receiving a psychiatric report from Springfield Hospital Center, where staff doctors examined Pearl a few weeks ago. Caruthers, an author and inventor who has been described as the space-alien leader of a Westminster-based cult, is awaiting trial on similar charges and also is undergoing psychiatric evaluations to determine whether he would be held criminally responsible.
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By Madison Park and Madison Park,Sun reporter | August 17, 2007
A woman who hoarded more than 100 dogs in two homes she owned in Harford County was sent by a judge to a psychiatric hospital yesterday after being found not criminally responsible for animal cruelty. Donna Lee Bell was charged with 118 counts of animal cruelty after authorities in May 2006 found about 100 dogs, dozens of which were dead, and some cats in the two Whiteford homes without food, water and ventilation. Animal feces covered the floor -- up to 3 feet in some areas -- and decaying carcasses laid throughout the homes.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | August 19, 2013
Alexander Kinyua pleaded guilty Monday to charges that he killed a family friend with an ax and ate his heart, and a Harford County judge found the defendant not criminally responsible for the act because of mental illness. The decision means Kinyua, 22, will not be sent to prison for the Joppa killing. Instead, Kinyua will remain committed to a mental health facility indefinitely, unless a judge finds that he is healthy and no longer dangerous. Those close to 37-year-old victim Kujoe Bonsafo Agyei-Kodie questioned how long Kinyua would be held, telling prosecutors they could derive little comfort from the resolution.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | April 17, 2013
Harford County's top prosecutor said Wednesday that he does not have enough evidence to show that Alexander Kinyua is criminally responsible for killing a family friend and eating his organs last year. A state psychiatric hospital previously found that Kinyua, 22, was not criminally responsible for his actions in a separate assault case because he was suffering from severe psychosis. In the assault case, Kinyua has already been committed indefinitely, and a team of doctors and an administrative law judge would have to agree to his release.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | April 27, 2011
A man who told police that he killed his landlord because he believed the homeowner was a warlock who was conjuring spells against him was found not criminally responsible Wednesday and will be placed in a state mental hospital. Neal Jesse Manning, 41, had descended rapidly into mental illness before he killed Harry Allan Wagner just past midnight on Jan. 4, according to a state psychiatric evaluation. Wagner, a 57-year-old cargo company dispatcher, was on his living room couch in his Pasadena home watching television when Manning, who had rented a room in his house for less than a year, shot him with a handgun and shotgun.
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By Nick Madigan, The Baltimore Sun | July 8, 2010
After deliberating for 15 hours over three days, a Baltimore County jury rejected a 60-year-old woman's insanity defense on Thursday and found her guilty of shooting her estranged husband to death and of trying to kill their teenage daughter. Mary C. Koontz, a former English teacher at Sparrows Point High School, showed no visible reaction in the tense courtroom as the jury's forewoman declared her "guilty" of each of six counts — including first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and assault — and answered "yes" to a final question, which asked whether the defendant was criminally responsible for the crimes.
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By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,Staff Writer | August 21, 1992
A 29-year-old man with a long history of schizophrenia pleaded guilty yesterday to murder, then was found not criminally responsible for beheading and disemboweling his mother at their Parkville home on March 25.According to records in Baltimore County Circuit Court, David Raymond Lorenz told police he "had the perfect mother" but aspired to be a serial killer.He also said the ancient Aztecs believed "the mother is the escalator who takes all of the power away [but] if you take a bite of the heart, her powers transfer to you."
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By Richard E. Vatz | August 4, 2009
Less than a year ago, a beautiful and wonderful citizen by all accounts, Aysha Ring, was viciously murdered by David Briggs - stabbed to death while standing in line at a convenience store. The perpetrator has been found not criminally responsible and is committed to the Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center in Jessup. He will serve no jail time and will be re-evaluated in a year for possible release, although prosecutor S. Ann Brobst told this writer that her office will ensure that does not occur.
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