With Video: Kwaske Found Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity
The Judge said Leo Kwaske is guilty of beheading a woman, but will not go to prison. Video by fox47news.comvideo
The only witness called to the stand at the trial without a jury for 47-year-old Leo Kwaske, was Jackson Police Detective Brett Stiles. He responded to the scene of the homicide at Reed Manor Apartments on October 15, last fall, and described the horrific scene in detail for Judge Thomas Wilson.
He described how he found the body of 59-year-old Shirley Meeks outside of her second floor apartment before heading upstairs, where Kwaske took her head.
"There was a strong odor coming from the bathroom. I also observed somewhere around six inches of water in the tub that appeared to be saturated in blood," said Stiles.
Kwaske says after he bludgeoned Meeks with a hammer, he beheaded her because she was sending "dark voodoo" from her apartment, up to his. He says voices in his head told him he needed to kill her before she caused Armageddon. He then washed her head because he believed it would keep her body from growing a new one.
Now Kwaske will return to the Center for Forensic Psychiatry in Ypsilanti, where he has been staying since his arrest. Only now, he may never leave again.
According to reports, Leo Kwaske has been found not guilty in the death of neighbor Shirley Meeks by reason of insanity.
Kwaske killed and beheaded Meeks last October in her Jackson apartment. Jackson County Circuit Judge Thomas Wilson ruled in the case Wednesday.
He will be placed in a mental institution. Kwaske had been charged with felony murder, mutilation of a dead body and first-degree home invasion.