Sept. 4, 2014
Three years after Rashad Riddick was arrested for killing three of his family members, he has been found not guilty by reason of insanity.
The plea was agreed upon by the Commonwealth's Attorney, and lawyers for Riddick, and accepted Thursday by a Madison County judge.
Under the agreement 27-year-old Riddick admitted to killing his uncle Clark Jackson, Jackson's wife Karen, and her daughter, Chante Davis. The three victims were fatally shot in February 2011.
In fall of 2013 a judge ruled Riddick was competent to stand trial, and he entered a plea of not guilty. The case was set to go to trial in September 2014. However, based on mental evaluation in August of 2014 it was determined Riddick was insane at the time of the killings, though capable of understanding and accepting a plea.
"Mr. Riddick takes full responsibility for his actions. He recognizes he is mentally ill, and understands he killed three people dear to him, for which he feels remorse and shame," said Riddick's attorney Joseph Flood.
As part of the agreement, Riddick will spend the rest of his life in a state mental hospital and waived his right appeal or to petition for his release. Both his lawyers and the Commonwealth believe Riddick is still potentially a danger to himself and others. In 2012 Riddick attacked his attorney in open court.
There were a total 11 different charges in this case, but because of the plea for three counts of capital murder, the Commonwealth's Attorney agreed not the pursue the other charges.
Flood added that Riddick accepted the deal in part because he wanted the three year long case over with, and didn't want the victims' families to have to go through a trial.