A 31-year-old Anaheim man faces an indefinite stay in a mental health hospital following an Orange County Superior Court judge’s ruling that he was not guilty by reason of insanity when he killed another man in 2014.
Kornell Randen King pleaded guilty May 25 to murder and admitted a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a deadly weapon. But since he pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, Orange County Superior Court Judge Richard King held a non-jury trial to determine whether the defendant understood at the time of the killing that what he was doing was illegal or wrong.
Judge King’s ruling that Kornell King was not guilty by reason of insanity was handed down Friday.
Two days before Kornell King slammed a cement block over the head of Demitrio Orozco on Oct. 7, 2014, killing the victim, the defendant was taken to a mental hospital and committed, according to court records.
Kornell King’s family called police asking for help with the defendant, according to court records. The defendant’s brother told police Oct. 5, 2014, that his brother was “talking about Satan and seeing the devil,” according to court records.
Kornell King was diagnosed at the time as psychotic, according to court records.
Doctors testified at last week’s hearing that it appears he has not yet been restored to sanity, according to court records.
Judge King has a hearing scheduled for Aug. 3 to consider whether to commit the defendant to a state mental health hospital until his sanity has been restored.