Insanity Plea Accepted in Death of Slain Bank Executive

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A man who fatally stabbed a Richmond SunTrust executive has been found not guilty of first-degree murder by reason of insanity.

Local news outlets report Richmond Circuit Judge Phillip L. Hairston ruled on Thursday that Nigel Walker be institutionalized in a mental health facility. Walker entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity in September.

Both Walker’s attorney and prosecutors say Walker was able to stand trial but insane at the time of the killing.

Authorities say Walker, who was 26 at the time, stabbed 55-year-old Brian Szabo, a SunTrust vice president, while he was sleeping last April.

Prosecutors say Walker had at some point been romantically involved with Szabo’s daughter. When Walker had trouble finding steady housing, the family had offered their home.

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