Lawyer: Man thought Pat Sajak directed him to kill mother

Host Pat Sajak, contestant Megan Sippey and actor Neil Patrick Harris make an apperance at Radio City Music Hall for a taping of celebrity week on "Wheel of Fortune" hosted by People Magazine. The taped shows will air the week of November 12 to celebrate the shows 25th anniversary in New York, Saturday, Sept. 29, 2007. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man who reportedly believed “Wheel of Fortune” host Pat Sajak instructed him to kill his elderly mother has been found not guilty by reason of insanity.
The Akron Beacon Journal reports a judge made the ruling Thursday in the murder case against 48-year-old Derrick Williams.
Defense attorney Brian Pierce says Williams believed he was getting messages from the TV game show when he heard his hometown mentioned. He thought Sajak was telling him to kill his mother when Sajak said, “Do it.”
Pierce says Williams was off his medication and “clearly was psychotic.”
Williams’ sister called 911 after discovering her mother’s body in December 2016 and told dispatchers her brother was mentally ill and likely responsible.
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Information from: Akron Beacon Journal, http://www.ohio.com

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