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Schizophrenic who killed tourist in Oceanside ruled sane

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OCEANSIDE, Calif. (AP) - A San Diego County jury says a mentally ill man was legally sane when he stabbed to death a tourist in an Oceanside parking lot two years ago.

The panel found Tuesday that 39-year-old Eric Andreasen knew he was doing wrong when he stabbed 54-year-old Katherine Parker of Lincoln.

He told police that God told him to kill the woman.

The defense said he had religious delusions.

The North County Times says a prosecutor acknowledged that Andreasen was schizophrenic but argued he killed Parker during a robbery and had a long history of aggressive panhandling.

Andreasen faces life in prison when he's sentenced next month.

If he had been judged legally insane, he could have been sent to a mental hospital.


Information from: North County Times


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