05-21-2011, 02:46 PM #1
OK - Richard Cline, 58, oilman, shot to death in his OKC home, 18 April 2009
Mustang man claims insanity in slaying (newsok.com)
Murder defendant, Morgan E. Cline, of Mustang, claims he was insane when he fatally
shot his father in bed in an Oklahoma City home. Insanity defense is used rarely at trials.
Defense attorney Marna Franklin told jurors Tuesday in her opening statement that Cline was “a very, very sick boy” who did not know right from wrong when he shot Richard A. Cline, 58, in bed at the oilman's Oklahoma City home early April 18, 2009.
She said the high school dropout believed people could read his thoughts, experienced hallucinations of things crawling on his skin and heard voices in his head that he thought were demons or ghosts.
“Morgan Cline is not your normal kid. He is mentally ill,” the defense attorney said.
more at newsok link aboveA study of the various types of defense strategies used in eight states found that the insanity defense was employed in less than one percent of all criminal cases, and that when it was used, the insanity defense was successful in only about 26 percent of the cases. Moreover, of the cases in which the insanity defense was successful, 90 percent of the defendants had already been diagnosed as mentally ill.
Henry Cline, 16, testified Wednesday he saw his brother from a distance outside their father's house when his brother turned himself in. “Morgan looked completely not like himself. Out of body, I guess,” Henry Cline told jurors.
Henry Cline said, “What I meant by that – this may sound weird – but, like, he didn't have a soul.”
more at newsok link above
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