March 8, 2014
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- A judge says a West Virginia man will not be held criminally responsible for allegedly stealing, sexually assaulting and killing his neighbor's pygmy goat while high on bath salts.
Kanawha County Circuit Court Judge James Stucky ruled Monday that Mark Lucas Thompson of Alum Creek is not competent for trial on the charges he faces for animal cruelty.
The Charleston Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/QgTZrS) that the decision comes after several mental evaluations. Stucky instead ordered that Thompson spend six and a half years in treatment at the William R. Sharpe Jr. Hospital in Weston.
Police arrested Thompson in May 2011 after neighbors found him in his room standing next to the dead goat and dressed in women's clothing. He was indicted for animal cruelty and petit larceny.