WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – The 33-year-old woman accused of murdering her aunt’s boyfriend and her grandmother, beat the odds and was found not guilty by reason of insanity.
On Feb. 6 2009, Kern drove from her home in Georgia to her father’s home in Florida where she broke in and stole some items, including a .357 magnum. From there she would drive to her aunt’s house where she shot and killed her aunt’s boyfriend, William Chapman. Afterwards, she drove to her grandmother’s house where she stabbed and beat her grandmother to death with a tire iron.
After she was arrested, she told police she was Jesus and that her father was the devil — which also sounds oddly like an average phone conversation with Jaded. But this was no ploy at acting nuts. While in her 20s, Kern was diagnosed as bipolar and schizophrenic. Her lawyers say she never got the proper psychiatric treatment she needed.
Amy Kern was facing two first-degree murder charges but on Monday, after psychiatrists concluded that Kern was insane when she committed the killings, Judge Jeffrey Colbath accepted a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. Obviously, friends and family of the victims are not happy.
“I hope to God that she rots in hell. I mean it from the bottom of my heart,” Harriet Curles, the sister of victim William Chapman, told the judge as Kern listened and cried.
The judge told the victims’ relatives that he had no choice but to send Amy Kern to a state mental hospital, and that this was not an injustice, but rather a failure of the mental health system.
“She can never be trusted on medication. She will always be a threat to society,” warned Beverly Kern, who lost her boyfriend and mother. “Don’t lose track of this case. The stakes are high.”
Kern will now spend her time in a mental hospital and will be evaluated every six months to a year. Prosecutors could not guarantee that Kern would not be walking the streets in the near future as a free woman, but said the state attorney will be involved with these evaluations.
I think Kern is average looking at best. But now with her insanity and high probability of being able to change a tire, I am finding myself very attracted to her.
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