Man found not criminally responsible for heinous crime says he's now sane

PAUL ORCHARD RIVERVIEW

AUGUSTA, ME (NEWS CENTER) -- A man who was sent to Riverview Psychiatric Facility after a judge deemed him not criminally responsible for a heinous crime due to mental illness says he's now sane and wants to leave the facility.

Paul Orchard made that formal request to a judge Friday morning.

Orchard’s attorney said he sexually assaulted and killed his mother-in-law, Paula Nuttal in front of his 6-year-old daughter in Peru 2 years ago.

Police arrived at the scene to find Orchard naked and covered in "polyurethane" that he'd been using to refinish a floor. Orchard said he was on a "vapor high" and didn't remember anything.

He had previously been treated for mental illness and claimed to be insane. If the judge approves his release

Orchard would be allowed into the community under supervision. 

Copyright 2016 WCSH


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