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VA Suspect Pleads Not Guilty

Posted: Feb 8, 2013 8:27 AM by KOMU 8 Staff

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COLUMBIA - The Sedalia man accused of killing a fellow VA hospital patient pleaded not guilty Thursday. Rudy Perez Jr. is planning to cite mental illness as his main defense.

Perez has been charged with first degree murder in the February 1st death of 78 year old Robert Hill of Warsaw.

Perez's attorney says his client is schizophrenic and hadn't taken his medication at the time of the attack.

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