Saturday, March 14, 2009

Fitzgerald to Plead Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity

Yep, here comes the Truther Defense:

Immediately after the ruling, attorney Ed Farry entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity for his client, Sean Fitzgerald.

Much more details on what happened:

Colorado Springs homicide detective Mike Happe testified that Sean Fitzgerald told him after the stabbing, "There's no point, I did it. I killed my own father in front of my mother."

Happe said Fitzgerald later said, "I was convinced he was Satan. I've never had those thoughts before. ..."


Sean's wife, Allison, told family members her husband "was in his own world" after the accident.

The day before the killing, the Fitzgeralds took their son to a local neurosurgeon and said Sean was having both paranoid and suicidal thoughts. The doctor told the family it could be at least six months before Sean recovered from his head trauma. He then prescribed drugs for depression and sleep.

That day, Edward Fitzgerald tried to convince his son his thoughts that the government was out to get him were just delusions, and Sean didn't argue, according to testimony by detectives.


Kim Fitzgerald told police that shortly after 2 a.m., her son came quickly into their bedroom with a knife raised in his hand. He went straight to his sleeping father, straddled him with his knees and stabbed him twice, once in the chest and once in the abdomen, even as she pleaded for him to stop and tried to push him away.

It sounds like they're going to try to claim that Fitzgerald's paranoia was caused by his bicycle accident. Of course, the cause and effect actually runs the opposite direction; Sean's paranoia led to the bicycle accident.

Next date: May 12.