Va. Man Deemed Insane After Decapitating his Son

August 19, 2010

A Virginia man found not guilty by reason of insanity in the decapitation of his son will remain in the state's mental health system for another year.

Joseph H. Hagerman III waived the first review of his status on Wednesday. By law, he is entitled to annual reviews of his status for the first five years. After that, his status would be reviewed every other year.

Hagerman was charged in February 2009 with killing his son and slashing his wife when she tried to save the child. Hagerman had told authorities he decapitated his son to save the boy from "the anti-Christ."

According to a state psychologist's report, Hagerman has a history of mental health issues.

The next review is scheduled for Aug. 17, 2011.


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