People v. Ramsey
Michigan Supreme Court
375 N.W.2d 297 (1985)
Bruce Ramsey (defendant) choked his wife and then stabbed her 32 times in an attempt to rid her of a demon he believed she was possessed by. Ramsey was charged with first-degree murder. At a bench trial, Ramsey raised the defense of insanity and asked that the court declare the state’s “guilty but mentally ill” statute unconstitutional. The court refused. Psychiatrists called by the prosecution and defense differed over whether Ramsey was mentally ill or insane at the time of the killing. Ramsey was found guilty of second-degree murder and he appealed. The court of appeals affirmed the conviction and the Michigan Supreme Court granted review.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Brickley, J.)
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