A judge has ruled that a Clayton man who decapitated his 4-year-old daughter last year was mentally ill at the time.
Superior Court Judge Jack Thompson ruled Thursday that
38-year-old John Violette wasn't responsible for his actions.
Violette will be returned to Dorothea Dix Hospital, a state mental
hospital in Raleigh.
Thompson's decision followed testimony from several people,
including a psychiatrist at Dix who said Violette thought he was
doing the right thing when he killed his daughter Katlin.
Psychiatrist Charles Vance said Violette began hearing voices a
month before his daughter's death and believed God had appointed
him to the "Christ Intelligence Agency," or CIA. Violette said
the voice told him Katlin was possessed by an evil spirit.
Violette's wife, Amber, found the child's body in the family's
suburban home last January. An autopsy determined she died of a
stab wound before the decapitation.