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Crime & Courts

Mental health treatment ordered for Johnsburg area man who stabbed mother

WOODSTOCK – Standing before a McHenry County judge, speaking in hushed voice, Raymond E. Davis said he'd been killed and brought back to life.

Davis, previously was found not guilty by reason of insanity in the stabbing death of his mother, 58-year-old Carol Schritz. Wednesday's fitness hearing determined that he will receive in-patient mental health treatment.

Davis was charged with first-degree murder in connection with Schritz's death in November 2011, at the home they shared in Pistakee Highlands area near Johnsburg. Schritz died from a single stab wound to the chest.

At the fitness hearing, Davis, 24, told Judge Sharon Prather that he'd been "murdered" and "resuscitated" at Chester Mental Health Facility where he's been held. He asked the judge to send him to a different facility, but the court has no control over where he'll be sent, she told him.

Doctors who evaluated Davis recommended that he receive in-patient mental health treatment, his attorney, Public Defender Kim Messer said. The most time he can be committed is 60 years, or the maximum time he would serve in prison if convicted of murder.

That means Davis would be released in 2071, or sooner. He received credit for the nearly two years he's been held awaiting trial.

Assistant State's Attorney Sharyl Eisenstein explained that if doctors find that Davis is well enough to be released prior to that date, a court hearing would be required.

Legally, insanity means the defendant's mental illness has impaired him to the point that he could not comprehend the criminality of his conduct – essentially distinguish right from wrong.

Prather has said that prosecutors had proved beyond a reasonable doubt Davis killed Schritz.

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