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State v. Sexton
Vermont Supreme Court
904 A.2d 1092 (2006)
Sexton (defendant) beat Ikeda to death while on LSD. Before trial, an evaluation of Sexton’s mental state revealed that he was insane at the time he committed the murder. Another evaluation agreed with this finding, but found that Sexton’s psychosis was caused solely by his LSD usage. The trial court allowed Sexton’s defense that he was insane at the time of the murder, stating that such a defense was allowable unless Sexton had voluntarily taken the drugs knowing that it would produce such a psychotic event. An interlocutory appeal was filed with the state supreme court to determine whether this defense could be raised in court.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Reiber, J.)
Dissent (Dooley, J.)
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