Judge Dismisses Charges Against Mentally Retarded Man

A judge has dismissed murder and robbery charges against a mentally retarded defendant held without trial at a North Carolina mental health facility for 14 years.

Lawyers for Floyd Brown of Wadesboro had asked a Durham judge to
free their client from a state mental hospital. The 43-year-old Brown has been held since he was charged in 1993 with the beating of 80-year-old Catherine Lynch, who lived down the street from Brown.

Brown signed a typed confession, but a forensic psychologist
testified that the language in that confession doesn't resemble
anything he has said before.

And a forensic psychologist at Dorothea Dix Hospital testified that the flowing narrative language used in the confession wasn't normal for Brown.