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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

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"We were trying to talk to him, telling him to, 'Please stop, please stop,'" Rasmussen said. "He looked me square in the face and said, 'My name is Burt Ewing. I'm from the St. Peter hospital. This is my mother and I'm going to kill her today.' And he kept beating her."

Fischer spent under an hour presenting law enforcement reports, photographs of the scene where Ewing attempted to kill Olson, reports from hospital staff and other evidence during the first portion of the trial.

Bains and Ewing's other attorney, Stephen Ferrazzano, didn't object to any of the evidence and didn't present a case of their own before Krehbiel went to her chambers to consider the evidence. At about 10:15 a.m., just over an hour after the trial had started, Krehbiel returned and found Burton guilty of the attempted murder charge along with four lesser charges including assault with a dangerous weapon.

With that out of the way, the much longer process of finding whether Ewing was mentally ill at the time began. Ewing's attorneys have to prove he didn't understand that what he was doing was wrong. The trial is expected to last at least two more days.

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