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Criminal defense: Missouri man claims demons told him to attack

When a crime occurs in Missouri, it is understandable that police want answers as quickly as possible. Sometimes, this means that they are more interested in making an arrest than ensuring that a suspect is treated lawfully. For example, a man -- whose alleged statements to police may indicate that a claim of mental illness may considered as part of his criminal defense -- was recently arrested and charged with assault, among other crimes.

The charges stem from two separate stabbings. Police say that the 22-year-old man claims that demons told him to stab the two people, with whom he was reportedly acquainted. The victim in the first incident claims that the man was at his house and claiming that he had killed someone in the past and wanted to do so again. Because he was worried that the man would hurt someone, the victim had him spend the night but claims he was stabbed when he got up in the middle of the night. The defendant, who reportedly told police that he waited until the victim was sleeping because it was the morally right thing to do, is said to have fled in the victim's vehicle.

The second alleged incident happened at a woman's house. The defendant was reportedly spending time there when he brought up one of the woman's former boyfriends. He reportedly then grabbed her by the hair and stabbed her multiple times in the stomach. In addition to two counts of first-degree assault, the man is also charged with stealing a motor vehicle and armed criminal action.

Unfortunately, the Missouri man may not be aware of his legal rights. Because his alleged comments to police seem to indicate that he may not be thinking clearly, he may need an experienced criminal defense attorney to ensure that he is properly evaluated. Such a professional can help anyone facing criminal charges, ensuring that they are fully capable of making the necessary decisions that will likely impact them for the rest of their lives.

Source: kansascity.com, "Man claiming to hear demons is charged with stabbing man in KC, woman in Independence", Robert A. Cronkleton, Dec. 24, 2017

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