Thursday, July 23, 2009

Fitzgerald To Plead Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity

Apparently the Trooferism defense was accepted by the prosecutor:

During a brief hearing today in 4th Judicial District Court, prosecutors said their expert agreed with an evaluation done on the 37-year-old man by doctors at the Colorado State Hospital in Pueblo.

As a result, the District Attorney’s Office will offer no evidence to the contrary during a one-day non-jury trial on Sept. 17 on the issue of whether Fitzgerald is not guilty by reason of insanity.

I assume he will be committed to a mental institution for a very long time. This does bug me a bit:

The killing occurred a few weeks after the defendant had suffered a head injury when he was hit by a truck while bicycling in Thailand.

The day before the slaying, his parents took Fitzgerald to a neurosurgeon, reporting that their son had expressed suicidal and paranoid thoughts.

The indication there is that he had a head injury and then he became a nut. In fact, he was a nut all along. The whole reason he had the bicycle accident was because he was paranoid that people were following him and so he rode his bike the wrong way down a major highway in Thailand.