Guilty But Insane ?

Ponca City Now - October 20, 2013 10:32 am

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – An Oklahoma prosecutor wants to create a new option for verdicts in criminal cases where the defendant claims he was insane when the crime was committed.

State law permits criminal defendants who claim they are not responsible for their actions due to a psychiatric illness or mental disability to be found not guilty by reason of insanity. Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater says that outcome does not hold a defendant accountable.

Prater says an alternate verdict of guilty but insane would hold a defendant accountable for a crime but not make him criminally responsible. A guilty-but-insane defendant would receive mandatory treatment at a state mental health facility, just like those currently found not guilty by reason of insanity.

Prater says similar ideas have been adopted in other states.

 

Latest Stories

Rising Construction Costs Could Impact Your Homeowners Insurance

By Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner Glen Mulready   If you recently started a home improvement project, you probably have noticed the...

Sen. Kay Floyd to study OSBI’s response to sexual assaults

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma’s sexual assault and rape kit backlog is continuing to pile up, and...

Police: Suspect targeting older Oklahomans with latest scam

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Oklahoma City police say they are warning older Oklahomans about a scam...