Fisher guilty of murder
Kingman man stabbed his mother to death
KINGMAN - After nearly an entire day of deliberations and more than a week of testimony, a jury found Robert Fisher, 32, of Kingman guilty of felony second-degree murder and aggravated assault. He was found to be not guilty of arson of an occupied structure.
The jury also found that Fisher was not insane when he committed the crimes.
The jury started deliberating at around 9:30 a.m. Friday and returned with a verdict around 4 p.m., according to the Mohave County Attorney's Office. A sentencing hearing will be held at 1:30 p.m. on July 11.
Fisher was originally charged with felony first-degree murder, arson of an occupied structure and aggravated assault after he stabbed his mother around 40 times with two kitchen knives and then allegedly set a couch on fire on Jan. 9, 2006.
When deputies arrested and attempted to transport him to the county jail, he allegedly kicked and spat at officers. He had to be tazed four times before he reached the jail, and again at the jail, so that officers could restrain him. A blood test later showed that Fisher did not have drugs in his system.
Fisher was evaluated by at least three psychologists after stating that he heard voices and had hallucinations that told him his family was dead and that his mother was still alive.
At one point he was transported the Arizona State Hospital, which treats mental health disorders, in Phoenix.
Two of the psychologists stated in reports that they though Fisher may have been falsifying his symptoms, because drugs used to treat some psychotic disorders did not seem to help him.
According to court records, Fisher sent several letters to Judge Steven Conn asking him to postpone the trial, stating that he felt his treatment at ASH was going well and returning to the Mohave County Jail would cause him to revert to his previous mental state.
Despite his pleas, doctors found him competent to stand trial and he was transported back to Mohave County.