Man charged with killing woman after crash ruled incompetent

By – Associated Press – Saturday, March 16, 2019

CLEVELAND (AP) – A judge in Cleveland has accepted a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity from a man accused of crashing into a woman’s car and fatally shooting her in 2016.

The Record- reports 32-year-old Matthew Desha was ordered committed Thursday to a state-operated psychiatric facility.

Desha faced murder and other charges in the death of 53-year-old Deborah Pearl, a woman police said Desha didn’t know.

Police said Desha ran a red light in August 2016 and struck a car driven by Pearl, who was headed to work. Police said Desha got out of his SUV, which had rolled onto its roof, and shot Pearl with a military-style AR-15 carbine.

Doctors testified in court that Desha, a Marine who served two tours in Iraq, suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Information from: Record-, http://www.recordpub

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