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US Trial to determine sanity of newspaper shooter set for March

20:10  07 november  2019
20:10  07 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

Accused Capital Gazette Shooter Jarrod Ramos To Plead Guilty To All 23 Criminal Counts

  Accused Capital Gazette Shooter Jarrod Ramos To Plead Guilty To All 23 Criminal Counts He is now asking for a jury trial on whether he is criminally responsible for Capital Gazette murders. This comes a week after a psychiatrist rules Ramos is legally sane.Hearing in the Capital Gazette mass shooting case starts at 11am @wjzpic.twitter.com/S2ff3oPjzB— Mike Hellgren (@HellgrenWJZ) October 28, 2019He originally had pleaded not guilty and not criminally responsible for 23 counts.© Provided by CBS Broadcasting Inc. The 39-year-old has been charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Gerald Fischman, Rob Hiaasen, John McNamara, Rebecca Ann Smith and Wendi Winters.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Maryland judge on Thursday scheduled a March trial to determine whether a man who has pleaded guilty to killing five people at a Maryland newspaper is not criminally responsible because of mental illness.

Phil Davis and Rachael Pacella, reporters who survived last year's shooting at the Capital Gazette newspaper, talk to reporters outside Anne Arundel County Circuit Court in Annapolis, Md., after the gunman pleaded guilty to all 23 counts of an indictment in the case on Monday, Oct. 28, 2019. Jarrod Ramos is moving forward with a plea of not criminally responsible by reason of insanity, which will be decided by a jury next month.  (AP Photo/Brian Witte)© Provided by The Associated Press Phil Davis and Rachael Pacella, reporters who survived last year's shooting at the Capital Gazette newspaper, talk to reporters outside Anne Arundel County Circuit Court in Annapolis, Md., after the gunman pleaded guilty to all 23 counts of an indictment in the case on Monday, Oct. 28, 2019. Jarrod Ramos is moving forward with a plea of not criminally responsible by reason of insanity, which will be decided by a jury next month. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)

Judge Laura Ripken scheduled Jarrod Ramos' trial to start March 4 and last 13 days.

Capital Gazette shooter will still have to stand trial to determine sanity despite guilty plea

  Capital Gazette shooter will still have to stand trial to determine sanity despite guilty plea Despite pleading guilty to murdering five staffers at the Capital Gazette newspapers, the gunman’s fate still rests in the hands of a jury. An Anne Arundel County jury is to decide whether Jarrod Ramos will be locked up in a state prison or committed to Maryland’s maximum-security psychiatric hospital. On Monday, the 39-year-old Laurel man changed course to plead guilty to murdering Gerald Fischman, Rob Hiaasen, Rebecca Smith, Wendi Winters and John McNamara in the Annapolis office last year. Ramos had previously pleaded not guilty and not criminally responsible — Maryland’s version of the insanity plea.

Ramos, 39, pleaded guilty last month to all 23 counts against him, including first-degree murder in the June 2018 shooting at the Capital Gazette that killed John McNamara, Wendi Winters, Rebecca Smith, Gerald Fischman and Rob Hiaasen.

Attorneys for Ramos maintain that although he pleaded guilty, their client should not be held criminally responsible, Maryland's version of an insanity defense.

The trial's second phase focusing on whether he was not criminally responsible at the time of the shooting had been scheduled to begin this week.

FILE - This June 28, 2018, file photo provided by the Anne Arundel Police shows Jarrod Ramos in Annapolis, Md. Ramos, accused of killing five staffers at Maryland newspaper last year has pleaded guilty but not criminally responsible by reason of insanity. Attorney Katy O'Donnell said Monday, Oct. 28, 2019 that Jarrod Ramos pleaded guilty to all 23 charges in the indictment, including five counts of first-degree murder. Ramos is accused of killing employees of the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis in 2018.  (Anne Arundel Police via AP, File)© Provided by The Associated Press FILE - This June 28, 2018, file photo provided by the Anne Arundel Police shows Jarrod Ramos in Annapolis, Md. Ramos, accused of killing five staffers at Maryland newspaper last year has pleaded guilty but not criminally responsible by reason of insanity. Attorney Katy O'Donnell said Monday, Oct. 28, 2019 that Jarrod Ramos pleaded guilty to all 23 charges in the indictment, including five counts of first-degree murder. Ramos is accused of killing employees of the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis in 2018. (Anne Arundel Police via AP, File) Judge Michael Wachs postponed the case after defense attorneys contended that they need more time to review information prosecutors gave them about mental health witnesses they intend to call to testify before jurors.

Trial to Be Postponed for Capital Gazette Shooter

  Trial to Be Postponed for Capital Gazette Shooter A trial will be postponed for a man who pleaded guilty to killing five people at the Capital Gazette newspaper's offices in Maryland last year. Jarrod Ramos pleaded guilty on Monday after previously pleading not guilty and not criminally responsible, in Maryland's version of an insanity defense. A jury still will determine whether he was responsible for his actions because of the insanity his defense claims.

During a pretrial hearing last month, Ripken said a report from the state health department concluded Ramos is legally sane. But Ramos' lawyers say experts on the defense team have reached a different conclusion.

Under Maryland law, a defendant has the burden to show by a preponderance of the evidence that he is not criminally responsible for his actions. State law says a defendant is not criminally responsible for criminal conduct if, because of a mental disorder or developmental disabilities, he lacked substantial capacity to appreciate the criminality of his conduct.

If Ramos were found not criminally responsible, he would be committed to a maximum-security psychiatric hospital.

Ramos, of Laurel, held a longtime grudge against the newspaper, which had written about him pleading guilty to harassing a former high school classmate in 2011. Ramos unsuccessfully sued the writer and the newspaper's publisher for defamation.

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