An Akron, Ohio, man who claimed that Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak told him to kill his mother was found not guilty of the woman’s murder.
According to the Akron Beacon Journal, Derrick Williams, 48, also believed that his mother, Alaine Williams, 78, was using witchcraft on him when he bludgeoned her to death with a lead pipe in December 2016. Derrick reportedly beat his mother so brutally that his sister could barely recognize her body.
“He’s mental,” the woman’s daughter said during a frantic 911 call placed after finding her mother dead.
“I told her not to let him stay here.”
Derrick was originally charged with murder and felonious assault for his mother’s death. However, a Summit County court found the 48-year-old not guilty by reason of insanity on Thursday.
Set to go on trial Tuesday, the Akron man underwent three mental health evaluations which deemed him competent to stand trial but also determined that he was mentally ill and possibly couldn’t tell right from wrong at the time of his mother’s murder, the newspaper reported.
Defense attorney Brian Pierce claimed that Derrick has a 20-year history of mental health issues, which include schizophrenia and depression diagnoses and experiencing delusions and paranoia. He noted that his client wasn’t taking his medication on the night of the murder–believing that Sajak saying, “Do it,” was him telling Derrick to kill Alaine.
The court also learned that this wasn’t the first violent involving Derrick and his mother. In 2005, Derrick was charged with felonious assault and domestic violence for attacking his mother. He was found not guilty by reason of insanity in October t.
He was committed and remained under state supervision until 2014. He moved into his mother’s home shortly thereafter, according to the Daily Mail.
“He clearly was psychotic,” the defense attorney said of Derrick.
“It’s really sad.”
A commitment hearing is scheduled for January 18.
[Featured Image: Derrick Williams/Summit County Sheriff’s Office]