Man not guilty by reason of insanity in slaying

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A judge has found that a southern Michigan man authorities say beheaded his 59-year-old neighbor is not guilty by reason of insanity in the slaying. reports Jackson County Circuit Judge Thomas Wilson made the ruling Wednesday following a brief bench trial for Leo Kwaske. With the ruling, Kwaske is to be placed in a mental institution.

Shirley Meeks' body was found Oct. 15 in her Jackson apartment, about 70 miles west of Detroit. Her head also was found.

Kwaske was charged with felony murder, mutilation of a dead body and first-degree home invasion. Doctors have determined he is competent to stand trial, but was insane at the time Meeks was killed.

Kwaske told doctors, according to information presented in court, that: "She was dark voodoo, negative energy."

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