Court: Man who killed 2 must be freed from mental hospital


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee appellate court says a man who believed Jesus commanded him to slaughter his father and stepmother in 1990 should be freed from the psychiatric hospital where he’s been held for decades.

The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/2aMreoU) reports the Court of Criminal Appeals also ruled Wednesday that David Cloar cannot be required to receive psychiatric treatment.

Cloar was found not guilty by reason of insanity after killing Jack Cloar and June Cloar with a knife at his father’s Morristown home.

Officials at the Middle Tennessee Mental Health Institute say Cloar’s psychotic symptoms have been kept in check with medication. Cloar says he will seek out treatment, although the court ruled the state cannot force him to do so.

Prosecutors can ask the Tennessee Supreme Court to review the decision.

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Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com

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