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