Oklahoma City man is found not guilty of murder by reason of insanity

An Oklahoma City man who was accused of shooting his mother to death, cutting her body up and storing it in a large freezer has been found not guilty by reason of insanity. Gerald David Hume was acquitted of four felonies in late April.
by Andrew Knittle Modified: June 16, 2014 at 11:45 pm •  Published: June 16, 2014
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A Cleveland County judge will consider reports from multiple mental health experts before ruling on the possible release of a man found not guilty by reason of insanity in the death and dismemberment of the man’s mother, court records show.

Gerald David Hume was acquitted of four felonies in late April — including one count of desecration of a human body — and is now being examined by mental health professionals working for the state of Oklahoma. He also was charged with first-degree murder and two counts of pointing a firearm.

Because the defendant’s attorneys and prosecutors waived a jury trial, the case was heard by Cleveland County District Judge Lori Walkley.

Hume, 54, is being held at the state-run mental health facility in Vinita, court records show.

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Records show Walkley will consider reports from at least two additional psychologists before she decides whether Hume will be released or if he will require further treatment for unspecified mental conditions.

Hume is due back in court on June 27, records show.

Walkley had heard from psychiatrists hired by both prosecutors and Hume’s attorneys before finding the defendant not guilty by reason of insanity. Specifics of Hume’s mental condition are not available in court records available to the public. Family members have said in the past that Hume struggled with schizophrenia during his adult life.

Gruesome crimes

The charges Hume was acquitted of by Walkley would land most people in prison for the rest of the their natural lives — or possibly a date in the death chamber.

An autopsy of Janet Kay Hume, the defendant’s mother, showed that she had been shot 11 times before her body was hacked into eight separate pieces.

Several of Janet Hume’s body parts were found in a freezer inside the south Oklahoma City home she shared with her son. A house cat also was found in the freezer, an autopsy report shows.

The rest of the 77-year-old woman’s body was found in a bedroom when a police tactical team forced its way into the dead woman’s home on Nov. 14, 2012.


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by Andrew Knittle
Investigative Reporter
Andrew Knittle has covered state water issues, tribal concerns and major criminal proceedings during his career as an Oklahoma journalist. He has won reporting awards from the state's Associated Press bureau and prides himself on finding a real...
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