An Aurora man who stabbed an elderly female hospital patient with a butter knife after hearing that his son had died was found not guilty of attempted murder by reason of insanity Friday in Kane County.
Darrell Franklin, 41, formerly of the 600 block of South River Street, will be remanded to the Illinois Department of Human Services, which will determine a treatment plan, Kane County prosecutors said.
Authorities said that on Aug. 31, 2010, Franklin, along with other family members, was at Provena Mercy Medical Center in Aurora, visiting his mother, who was hospitalized. There, family members informed him that his son had recently been killed in Chicago.
Upset at the news, Franklin attacked his mother’s hospital roommate, a 78-year-old woman, and stabbed her several times in the head and chest with a butter knife, police said. The roommate survived the attack.
In issuing his ruling, Judge James Hallock noted that Franklin has a long history of mental illness, and that he somehow believed the elderly woman had played a role in his son’s death.
Franklin will be back in court July 18 after the DHS has evaluated him and generated a treatment plan. The judge set a date in 2036 as the maximum amount of time Franklin could be involuntarily held in a secure state mental hospital.