Man Found Not Guilty By Insanity In Grandparents' Death

CANTON, Ohio (AP) - A man accused of beating and stabbing his grandparents to death in their northeast Ohio home was found not guilty by reason of insanity on Monday.

Judge Richard Reinbold Jr. of Stark County Common Pleas Court said he based his decision on testimony given by a court-appointed forensic psychologist. He ordered Brian Aduddell, 32, committed to a state mental hospital, where he could remain for the rest of his life.

Aduddell was arrested in July 2006 after police pulled him over in Findlay in northwest Ohio and discovered he was driving his grandparents' Cadillac, wearing only shorts and acting strange.

Aduddell acknowledged during police questioning that he used a cane and carving knife to kill his grandparents in their home in Massillon, authorities said. He was charged with two counts of murder.

The sentence gives Aduddell the treatment that relatives believe he's needed for years. Aduddell didn't have health insurance and was told by crisis center officials that there was nothing wrong with his mental health, said John Gardiner, Aduddell's cousin.

"As far as I'm concerned, the system failed him directly," Gardiner said.