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State v. Jones

Supreme Court of Washington
99 Wash.2d 735 (1983)


Larry Jones (defendant) was charged with second-degree assault with a firearm. Due to unusual statements Jones made, the court ordered an evaluation of his competency to stand trial. Several psychiatrists expressed their views that Jones was competent, but was also a paranoid schizophrenic who was insane when he committed the assault. Based on the evaluations, the court found Jones competent to stand trial. The state moved for the court to enter a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity (NGI) over Jones’s objection. The court granted the motion, stating that there was a serious danger of conviction without assertion of the plea. The case proceeded to trial, and after Jones presented his case, the state introduced psychiatric testimony to prove Jones’s insanity. The jury received instructions on both self-defense and insanity, and found Jones not guilty by reason of insanity. Jones was committed to a state mental institution and appealed. The court of appeals affirmed, and Jones again appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Utter, J.)


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