Man found not guilty by reason of insanity after 4 killed
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina man who was denied treatment at a mental health facility the day before authorities say he killed four relatives in 2018 has been found not guilty by reason of insanity in a bench trial.
News outlets reports the solicitors, detectives, defense team and judge all agreed on the decision Friday, saying 23-year-old Lovequawn Scott was not criminally responsible for his actions at the time of the murders in Mount Pleasant.
They said he was suffering from the onset of schizophrenia when he attacked his grandparents, aunt and niece.
Scott has remained in custody since the slayings. He will go to a mental health facility and undergo a treatment plan approved by the South Carolina Department of Mental Health.
Man who beat 4 relatives to death not guilty by reason of insanity
Refused mental health care day before killings because he didn’t have insurance
Oct 25, 2019
Postandcourier.com – The man who bludgeoned four relatives to death in March 2018 was suffering from schizophrenia and not criminally responsible, Circuit Judge Markley Dennis determined Friday.
Lovequawn Scott, 23, pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to the beating deaths of his cousin, Faith Manigault, 15; his aunt, Kenya Manigault, 42; and his grandparents, Rose Manigault, 69, and Joseph Manigault, 72.
“You can’t describe it in a linear way,” public defender Ashley Pennington said. “What he was thinking in that moment is unknowable.”
Pennington recalled telling Scott what most defendants take as good news: They had a strong case to plead not guilty by reason of insanity to the four counts of murder with which he’d been charged.
“But that doesn’t bring back my family,” Scott told him.
Scott had been behaving oddly for weeks before the attack, acquaintances said.
He’d run, sometimes several times a day, over a dozen miles from S.C. Highway 41 across the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge to downtown Charleston.
The morning before the killings, he drove to a church and grabbed a contract worker, yelling that he needed help, deputies said.
Workers calmed him down and got him to the Atlanta Drive home he shared with his grandparents.
Later that day, his aunt took him to a medical facility where he told doctors that a tiny man in his throat was “telling him to do things he didn’t want to do,” Managing Assistant Solicitor Jennifer Kneece Shealy said.
But he didn’t have health insurance and was turned away … Read more.