Indiana Supreme Court to Hear Appeal from Convicted Killer
A man who claims he killed his mother in order to prevent the end of the world will have his appeal heard by the Indiana Supreme Court today.
The court will hear oral arguments in the case of Brad Passwater, who was convicted of killing 48-year-old Sandra Passwater at the home they shared in Lapel in 2002. Police say Brad Passwater hit his mother in the head twice with a frying pan and stabbed her in the temple with a knife.
During his trial, Passwater told a psychiatrist he wanted to kill his mother to prevent Armageddon, the Biblical battle that signals the end of the world. In 2004, a jury found Passwater guilty, but mentally ill as opposed to not responsible for the murder by reason of insantiy, and a judge sentenced him to 60 years in prison.
Passwater brought his case to the Supreme Court after his appeal was turned down by the Indiana Court of Appeals in July, 2012. He claims his lawyer during the trial was ineffective and gave him the impression he would be sent to a secure hospital rather than prison.
Oral arguments are scheduled for 9:45 a.m..