SC man cleared of burning home he said had witches

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

SUMTER, S.C. (AP) -- A Sumter man has been ordered to a state mental facility after saying he burned his house down because it was full of witches.

Item of Sumter reports that a judge last week made that determination for 45-year-old Richard Clark.

Clark was charged in January 2012 with third-degree arson after he burned down his own home. State mental health officials had recommended that Clark be found not guilty by reason of insanity after he had a competency evaluation and said he thought witches were in his house.

Prosecutors did not challenge that assertion. Circuit Judge R. Ferrell Cothran ordered Clark to a state mental health facility for up to four months after determining that he was not guilty by reason of insanity.

(Copyright 2013, The Associated Press)

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