Man Accused of Killing Father Found Not Guilty

By: AP
By: AP

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) - A Florida man has been found not guilty
by reason of insanity in the slaying of his father in a case where
the defense claimed that an energy drink contributed to his mental
unbalance.

Pinellas County Judge Nancy Moate Ley ordered Wednesday that
42-year-old Stephen Coffeen be sent to a state mental hospital
rather than stand trial for murder in the December 2009 suffocation
death of his 83-year-old father.

The case made national headlines after a doctor suggested the
consumption of the energy drink Red Bull along with sleep
deprivation contributed to Coffeen's temporary insanity. The judge
discounted that assertion.

The defendant's brother said Coffeen has no history of mental
illness.

Four experts concluded unanimously that Coffeen was unable to
understand his actions at the time of the killing.


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