New Jersey man found not guilty by reason of insanity in alleged werewolf slaying

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VIRGINIA -

A man from New Jersey will be committed to a state hospital after he was found not guilty by reason of insanity for a northern Virginia slaying in which he said he thought his victim was a werewolf.

Earlier this year, a jury deadlocked at a murder trial in Alexandria for Pankaj Bhasin, 35.

Bhasin was charged in the 2018 stabbing death of Bradford Jackson, 65, who managed a window store.

According to prosecutors Monday, they learned most jurors were willing to acquit at the first trial.

In addition, a court-appointed psychologist who examined Bhasin after the mistrial also concluded Bhasin was legally insane at the time of the killing.

As a result prosecutors agreed to accept an insanity plea at a court hearing Monday.

AP wire services helped contribute to this report.

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