Dawn Pierce talks to her lawyer Richard J. Perez June 23 after Lake County Common Pleas Court Judge Vincent A. Culotta found her not guilty by reason of insanity on two murder counts for killing her mother, Lillian Pierce.
However, after a one-hour, nonjury trial June 23 in Lake County Common Pleas Court, Judge Vincent A. Culotta found the victims daughter was in a confused, altered mental state and did not know right from wrong at the time of the homicide.
I recognize the defense of insanity is often questioned in our society, but I cant let that influence my decision, Culotta
said after announcing his
The defendant was fixated on the psychotic belief that she
was being controlled by artificial intelligence.
thought all three of them her
cat and herself were characters in a computer game.
believed the characters didnt really die in the games.
mother and her
cat would come back to life.
Not one of the doctors believe the defendant is malingering in any way, Culotta