Christmas Day murderer ruled legally insane
February 7, 2012
A San Luis Obispo County Superior Court judge ruled that Andrew Downs was legally insane when he shot and killed two sisters in Santa Margarita on Christmas Day in 2010. [Tribune]
During Downs’ trial, doctors for both the defense and the prosecution testified the defendant, a diagnosed schizophrenic, was insane when he killed sisters Beverly Reilly and Kathy Yeager. The doctors testified that at the time of the murders Downs, 21, believed there was a government takeover in progress that involved the police and aliens.
Judge John Trice’s insanity ruling means Downs will be sent to a state mental health facility for an indeterminate amount of time, possibly the rest of his life.
“Andrew Downs did not ask for this,” Trice said. “It was a terrible, terrible tragic event.”