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hernandez, christopher, 6/19/13

Christopher Hernandez appears in Solano County Superior Court Wednesday afternoon where he was found to be sane when he stabbed to death Karen Harrison in 2010. (Brad Zweerink/Daily Republic)

Crime-courts

Jury finds convicted killer sane

By From page A1 | June 20, 2013

FAIRFIELD — A jury concluded Wednesday that a Fairfield man was not insane, as he claimed when he fatally stabbed a neighbor in 2010, rejecting the expert opinion of three psychiatrists.

The sane verdict came a week after the same jury found Christopher Hernandez guilty of murder.

Six months after his arrest, Hernandez, 46, told authorities he had been hearing voices that told him to kill 34-year-old Karen Harrison at her Balboa Court mobile home on the night of June 14, 2010. That led his defense lawyer to enter a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.

Prosecutor Julie Underwood countered the claim of insanity by showing jurors videos of more than five hours of Hernandez calmly and coolly answering questions by police shortly after his arrest.

During the police interviews, Hernandez repeatedly admitted to killing Harrison. He claimed to be Harrison’s boyfriend, said that she pleaded for him to stab her in the chest because she no longer wanted to live and said that he joined with her in a suicide pact, but changed his mind about killing himself after she was dead.

Judge Peter B. Foor ordered Hernandez to return to court Aug. 12 for sentencing.

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Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.
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  • ShellieJune 20, 2013 - 6:06 am

    The jury did good on their decision. This guy deserves the maximum sentence he can get. What a senseless crime. Justice has been served. Kudos to the jury!!!

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  • S KJune 20, 2013 - 10:11 pm

    Good!!!! If the justice system insists on allowing insanity pleas, despite that killing another person is insane to begin with, making nearly ALL murderers technically insane, then Juries will have to make it their priority to NEVER EVER accept those pleas. Now what is wrong with this site. I am not being emailed that there are any subsequent posts???!!!

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  • S KJune 20, 2013 - 10:13 pm

    OK, take I it back. This time I was just emailed :-) Must have been fixed.

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