NORMAN — An Oklahoma City man who killed his mother and cut up her body will remain in custody and be closely watched by mental health workers for the foreseeable future.
Gerald David Hume appeared Friday morning in Cleveland County District Court, nearly two months after a judge declared him not guilty by reason of insanity in the gruesome murder of his mother, Janet Kay Hume, 77.
District Judge Lori Walkley considered two reports on Hume and his mental conditions Friday during a brief hearing in her courtroom.
In her office after the hearing, Walkley told The Oklahoman she declared that Hume, 54, was a threat to public safety and that he needed further treatment for his mental health issues.
Walkley said state law requires a judge to consider two reports from psychiatrists after a person is found not guilty by reason of insanity — and then the future of the individual is decided.
“One of the reports found (Hume) to be in need of treatment, but also that he was not a danger to the public,” the judge said.
Walkley said she did not agree with that assessment of Hume.
“He’s in custody now and he’s being given his medication,” she said. “So, he’s not a danger as long as he’s medicated...but what if he doesn’t take his medication?”
Sam Talley, Hume’s attorney, has said that Hume wasn’t taking his medication at the time of his mother’s murder. He said Hume “had no history of violence that had been documented in the legal system.”
“At the time of the offenses, because he wasn’t taking medication, he was legally insane,” Talley said during a recent phone interview. “You can tell he has mental health issues, but he was found to be competent (after he was medicated in jail).”
Hume was acquitted of four felonies on April 29, including first-degree murder, desecration of a human body and two counts of pointing a firearm.
The crimes Hume was acquitted of would land most people in prison for the rest of their lives and could possibly earn them the death penalty.
An autopsy of Janet Kay Hume showed that she had been shot 11 times before her body was cut up into eight 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 was also 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.
Hume, who had bought the Glock 9 mm gun that was used to kill Janet Hume just days before a shooting at a Del City gun store, reportedly confessed to her slaying after an 11-hour standoff with police.
Oklahoma City police Capt. Dexter Nelson said Gerald Hume was able to get the weapons he used to kill his mother because he lied on an application required to purchase firearms.
The form lists two questions on an applicant’s mental health, although it’s not clear whether Hume had ever been deemed mentally defective or if he’d ever been forcibly committed to a mental institution before shooting his mother.
Hume’s court appearance Friday morning took less than 15 minutes. Walkley said Hume never spoke to her.
“He talked to his lawyer a little...that was about it,” she said. “It’s sad.”