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Night of the Living Dumb

A Boulder, Colo., man accused of the attempted murder of a Longmont police officer has had his day in court. Brandon Duke, 22, told investigators that he believed that Officer David Blake was a zombie. Blake was trying to arrest Duke on an outstanding warrant, and Duke fired several shots from a handgun at Blake in his attempts to get away, court records show. Duke testified that he had “blacked out” and couldn’t remember what happened, but thought he was being chased by a zombie and had fired only to protect himself. At his court appearance, where he addressed the judge simply with “yes, ma’am” and “no, ma’am,” Duke pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. (JW/Longmont Times Call) ...If he’d said, “yes, Mistress of the Darkness” and “no, Mistress of the Darkness,” he’d have helped his case immensely.
Story Update: The insanity plea didn’t work: Duke changed his plea to guilty and was sentenced to 55 years in prison, which actually pleased him. I thought it was the best I could have ever hoped for, he said. I have to be honest: it restored my faith in the criminal justice system.
Original Publication Date: 17 October 2010
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 17.
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