VA Hospital Killer Acquitted of Murder

2 years 7 months 1 week ago September 23, 2013 Sep 23, 2013 Monday, September 23 2013 Monday, September 23, 2013 2:24:00 PM CDT in News
By: Eric Hilt, KOMU 8 Reporter

COLUMBIA - The man who killed another patient at the Truman VA Hospital in February was acquitted of murder Monday. Prosecuting Attorney Dan Knight accepted Rudy Perez Jr.'s plea of not guilty by reason of mental defect after two doctors reported Perez was not capable of understanding his actions when he beat Robert Hill to death at the VA Hospital.

At Monday's hearing, Knight accepted Perez's plea, then read a report of the actions leading up to the homicide and two evaluating doctors assessments of Perez. In the report, Knight said Perez believed Hill was a demon and was "mocking God." According to a doctor who performed one of Perez's mental exams, Perez thought it was his moral duty to kill Hill because Perez believed he was a demon. 

Knight also recounted details of the events leading up to the homicide. Perez was arrested in Sedalia for allegedly beating one of his neighbors, and while in the Pettis County Jail, Perez assaulted an officer and, according to Knight, exhibited odd and aggressive behavior.

After his release, Perez was in a car with his parents when he allegedly beat his father and threw his mother onto Highway 50. In Knight's report he said Perez believed his father was a demon and his mother was a witch and was unaware of who his parents were.

Two doctors performed mental exams on Rudy Perez after the homicide. Both doctors said he was unable to understand his actions at the time of the homicide. According to Knight, the first examiner, Dr. Randy Telander, at the Fulton State Hospital said Perez had a "distorted perception of reality."

After some procedural matters, Perez will be transported to a mental hospital. He will remain in that hospital until officials believe he is ready to be back in society.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA – A MoDOT bridge reconstruction project is closing Rangeline Street at I-70 for 20 days starting May 3. ... More >>
35 minutes ago May 02, 2016 May 2, 2016 Monday, May 02 2016 Monday, May 02, 2016 1:51:00 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A worker at Lambert Airport in St. Louis is accused of stealing from a blind woman... More >>
1 hour ago May 02, 2016 May 2, 2016 Monday, May 02 2016 Monday, May 02, 2016 1:12:10 PM CDT in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A Colorado artist has loaned a series of paintings inspired by the works of Andy Warhol to... More >>
1 hour ago May 02, 2016 May 2, 2016 Monday, May 02 2016 Monday, May 02, 2016 1:09:03 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY - A group of military veterans has started a program to build tiny houses for struggling and homeless... More >>
3 hours ago May 02, 2016 May 2, 2016 Monday, May 02 2016 Monday, May 02, 2016 11:20:00 AM CDT in News
FRUITLAND - The Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal shooting involving one of its troopers. The shooting... More >>
4 hours ago May 02, 2016 May 2, 2016 Monday, May 02 2016 Monday, May 02, 2016 9:55:00 AM CDT in News
BOONE COUNTY - Over 895 pounds of unwanted prescription drugs were collected throughout Boone County on April 29 and 30... More >>
5 hours ago May 02, 2016 May 2, 2016 Monday, May 02 2016 Monday, May 02, 2016 9:24:00 AM CDT in News
CALEDONIA (AP) — An eastern Missouri woman is charged with second-degree murder for allegedly injecting another woman with a fatal... More >>
6 hours ago May 02, 2016 May 2, 2016 Monday, May 02 2016 Monday, May 02, 2016 8:06:08 AM CDT in News
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Figures from a survey of supply managers in nine Midwest and Plains states have dropped slightly... More >>
6 hours ago May 02, 2016 May 2, 2016 Monday, May 02 2016 Monday, May 02, 2016 8:03:54 AM CDT in News
MACK'S CREEK (AP) — Investigators are trying to determine if a body found in southwest Missouri is that of a... More >>
10 hours ago May 02, 2016 May 2, 2016 Monday, May 02 2016 Monday, May 02, 2016 4:19:52 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia community came together to support the Central Missouri Honor Flight after someone stole its donation jug.... More >>
11 hours ago May 02, 2016 May 2, 2016 Monday, May 02 2016 Monday, May 02, 2016 2:59:00 AM CDT in News
Following a Missouri Senate Budget Committee hearing about Medicaid coverage, Sen. Kiki Curls recently said that Missouri “is the state... More >>
19 hours ago May 01, 2016 May 1, 2016 Sunday, May 01 2016 Sunday, May 01, 2016 6:28:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - As warmer weather brings more motorcyclists onto mid-Missouri roads, the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety kicked off its... More >>
22 hours ago May 01, 2016 May 1, 2016 Sunday, May 01 2016 Sunday, May 01, 2016 4:19:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — May 1st is now recognized by the U.S. Senate as Silver Star Service Banner Day, to honor those... More >>
22 hours ago May 01, 2016 May 1, 2016 Sunday, May 01 2016 Sunday, May 01, 2016 3:58:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — The University of Missouri College of Engineering students introduced this year's race car built for the upcoming competition... More >>
23 hours ago May 01, 2016 May 1, 2016 Sunday, May 01 2016 Sunday, May 01, 2016 2:45:00 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Ameren Missouri is proposing two voluntary programs that would require customers' to support more solar power.... More >>
1 day ago May 01, 2016 May 1, 2016 Sunday, May 01 2016 Sunday, May 01, 2016 1:57:48 PM CDT in News
NEW MELLE (AP) — A university that owned the two-century-old house in suburban St. Louis that once was famed frontiersman... More >>
1 day ago May 01, 2016 May 1, 2016 Sunday, May 01 2016 Sunday, May 01, 2016 12:15:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA (AP) — An interim diversity officer at the Un iversity of Missouri will be returning to the university's School... More >>
1 day ago May 01, 2016 May 1, 2016 Sunday, May 01 2016 Sunday, May 01, 2016 12:10:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri's Republican-led Legislature is weighing a number of tax breaks for businesses as the session wraps... More >>
1 day ago May 01, 2016 May 1, 2016 Sunday, May 01 2016 Sunday, May 01, 2016 12:06:09 PM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 54°
3pm 55°
4pm 56°
5pm 56°
6pm 58°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

2:00p
The Meredith Vieira Show
3:00p
The Dr. Oz Show
4:00p
Dr. Phil
2:00p
Rules of Engagement
2:30p
Rules of Engagement
3:00p
The Bill Cunningham Show

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
The Voice
9:01p
Blindspot
7:00p
Reign
8:00p
Jane the Virgin
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld