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September 9, 2013

Judge finds security hospital inmate guilty of attempted murder

Judge still deciding if Security Hospital inmate was sane when he attacked his mother


Two witnesses stopped at the park to see if anyone was illegally hunting turkeys. They likely saved Olson's life by calling 911 just after 6 p.m. It also helped that a large number of law enforcement officers were already in the area looking for a man who had escaped from the treatment center's Minnesota Sex Offender Program earlier that day. Those officers reported Ewing was stabbing his mother with a steak knife when they arrived in the park.

“I took the bike seat and started hitting her in the head,” Ewing told Nicollet County sheriff's detective Marc Chadderdon that night, fewer than four hours after he was arrested.

Calm confession

A video of Ewing's confession was played for Nicollet County District Court Judge Allison Krehbiel Monday. She had already found Ewing guilty of first-degree attempted murder after a quick hearing earlier Monday morning. She is now in the process of hearing evidence to decide whether Ewing was legally insane and didn't understand what he was doing when he attacked his mother.

Ewing spoke calmly during the confession, occasionally sipping on a can of soda or resting his chin in his hand. At least twice he said his “mother is the devil, but I love her.”

“There was some forethought to this whole thing,” he told Chadderdon and Chief Deputy Karl Jensen. “It wasn't just spur of the moment.”

When asked what he meant, Ewing said it was part of his “delusional thinking.” Then he explained what he had expected to happen when he killed his sister. He said he thought the act was going to change the world for the better, ease his back pain and heal his mother's leg.

“There was supposed to be a bright light,” he said. “My back was supposed to be better. Her leg was supposed to be better. Today was a follow through to make that happen. I hadn't done it with the right person.”

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